A few minutes ago Twitter has stopped working properlyand in the “Following” tab of the user accounts only a message appears welcoming them, as if they had just opened an account in the service.
The issue affects both the web client and the mobile apps on Android and iOS, and while it does appear that the “For You” tab is updating correctly, this is the latest sign that the issues on the platform are escalating.
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The partial drop in the service has also been reflected through the monitoring carried out by the DownDetector service, which showed a significant drop peak at 11:50 AM CEST.
The failure in this case is especially strange, because the “For you” tab, based on Twitter’s content recommendation algorithm, does seem to work normally both in the web client and in the native iOS and Android applications.
On the other hand, if one clicks on the “Following” tab, which respects the chronology of the people we are following, a unique “Welcome to Twitter” message appears as if we had just opened the account.
Service outages and problems have been on the rise since Elon Musk took control. As they pointed out in The New York Times, in all of 2022 there were nine big falls, but only in February 2023 were four. The data is from the NetBlocks company, which, like Downdetector, also monitors internet service outages.
Twitter must be buggy, the amount of my followers added 5, but only 1 new follower
— undefined (@undefined6514) November 7, 2022
Twitter’s stability has suffered and everything points to the fact that the massive layoffs and infrastructure cuts have a lot to do with maintaining a platform that provides service to more than 200 million users and that has behaved erratically in recent months. on various occasions.
Has anyone else noticed that their Twitter app is way more buggy as of late? Sometimes reply threads don’t even load.
— Shabazz Stuart (@ShabazzStuart) November 5, 2022
These problems have been reported for a long time. In MIT Technology Review they highlighted in November 2022 how at first they were being “little things”. Manual retweets appearing momentarily before becoming normal tweets, erratic follower counts, replies not loading, and more and more small issues.
“Things will be broken. Things will be broken more often. Things will be broken for longer periods of time. Things will be broken in more severe ways,” he says. “Everything will compound until, eventually, it’s not usable.”https://t.co/6tb8l49WGI pic.twitter.com/qV4eoLjtzQ
— Rob Fardon (@robfardon) November 10, 2022
Rob Fardon, who at least in November was still an engineer on Twitter, already warned then that “things will break. Things will break more often. Things will break longer. Things will break more seriously.” . To end by saying that “Everything will end up adding up until at some point [Twitter] cannot be used.”
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