Twitter warns of possible World Cup traffic-related outages

2010-06-12 08:31

Twitter, which has suffered a series of outages this week, warned yesterday that there could be more problems amid heavy World Cup traffic.

Jean-Paul Cozzatti, a Twitter engineer, said on the Twitter blog

that the micro-blogging service’s problems this week were due to an internal

network being over-capacity.

Cozzatti said Twitter was doubling capacity and rebalancing traffic

on the network to redistribute the load.

When Twitter goes down, a picture of a whale – known as the “fail

whale” – appears on and Cozzatti said his engineering team was

hoping for fewer appearances by the creature.

“You may still see the whale when there are unprecedented spikes in

traffic,” he said.

“For instance, during the World Cup tournament – and particularly

during big, closely-watched matches (such as tomorrow’s match between England

and the USA) – we anticipate a significant surge in activity on Twitter.

“While we are making every effort to prepare for that surge, the

whale may surface,” he said.

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