TwitterFAIL! Why the microblog crashed

Twitter was down for several hours yesterday leaving everyone asking why. Co-founder Biz Stone, got a message out to users explaining that the microblogging service had suffered its first major outage.

Stone said that a 'denial of service attack' had hit Twitter, which disripted an otherwise pleasant morning at Twitter HQ, San Francisco, California.

"On this otherwise happy Thursday morning, Twitter is the target of a denial of service attac," wrote Stone on the official Twitter blog. "Attacks such as this are malicious efforts orchestrated to disrupt and make unavailable services such as online banks, credit card payment gateways, and in this case, Twitter for intended customers or users. We are defending against this attack now and will continue to update our status blog as we continue to defend and later investigate."

Twitter users in North and South America, as well as those in the UK, were forced to find other ways to convey urgent messages to their peers.

Some suggested the outage may prompt a return to Facebook. The likelihood is, however, that Twitter will recover from the outage and improve safeguards against future attacks of this nature.

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