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How Twitter was killed


The morning ritual: Get your cup of coffee, open up your e-mail, switch your Web browser to Twitter… ARGH!

That was how the morning went for many people when they turned to Twitter only to find that the wildly popular social-networking site was dead in the water. How dead was it? There wasn’t even a fail-whale to be seen.

So what happened? Twitter is still working it out. But, the site’s official blog reported that “We are defending against a denial-of-service attack, and will update status again shortly.” As of 12:46 PM Eastern, Twitter was up, still staggered, but working again.

Well, working for now anyway.

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