Twitter broke down just as the basketball legend Kobe Bryant was playing his last game on April 13. The site experienced some technical troubles that wouldn't let the Twitteratis access their feeds.
The microblogging site died on April 13 after flickering back to life for just about an hour. On the following day, the site started functioning again, but the users are still holding their breath.
The outage affected parts of Asia, America, Europe, and Australia, and possibly some other regions, which led the users to flock to the rival social platform, Facebook, to express their despair. And they came in droves to do that. But third-party programs like TweetDeck were still functioning.
The temporary breakdown was confirmed by the company spokesperson in a statement, "Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution."
The Twitter users met with the error message "Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing – we're going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon," while trying to access the website. The mobile app also refused to refresh the feed. This rare occurrence took place right when the LA Laker's basketball superstar Kobe Bryant was playing his farewell game, with hashtags like #MambaDay and #ThankYouKobe trending wildly.
Of course, that may just be a coincidence, not to mention avid speculation of the Laker fans who were astounded to see the Laker's official Twitter account disappear completely for some time during the game. Also, it couldn't possibly have anything to do with the spooky prediction of a Laker fan who'd tweeted "The day Kobe retires is the day twitter gon crash im tellin you.." over two years back.
However, now the good news is that everyone's favorite tweeting site is back on its feet and running, for now, though the users are keeping a wary eye out for further "likely service disruption".
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