Massive Fail Hits Twitter, ‘Cascading Bug’ Blamed

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The ‘Twitterverse’ was full on unhappy campers for a couple hours yesterday as the social site was hit with what the company called a “cascading bug.”

Despite rumors of a site breach and a hacking claim from hacktivist group UGNazi, Twitter described an inside error, an issue it worked to fix once finding.

“A “cascading bug” is a bug with an effect that isn’t confined to a particular software element, but rather its effect “cascades” into other elements as well. One of the characteristics of such a bug is that it can have a significant impact on all users, worldwide, which was the case today,” explained the site via its blog.

To help stabilize the system, Twitter was forced to revert to a previous build that it deemed stable.

The popular social site has been noted for downtown in the past. When the site it unavailable, Twitter has been known to display a message reading, “Twitter is over capacity.” Alongside it is the infamously coined “fail whale,” depicting a large sea mammal lifted into the air by birds.

Twitter emphasized better uptime in its recent past. “For the past six months, we’ve enjoyed our highest marks for site reliability and stability ever: at least 99.96% and often 99.99%. In simpler terms, this means that in an average 24-hour period, has been stable and available to everyone for roughly 23 hours, 59 minutes and 40-ish seconds,” explained the site. However, that statement concluded by reading, “Not today though.” In September of last year, the site announced that it had reached one hundred million active users worldwide.