Today’s turbulence explained

Not how we wanted today to go. At approximately 9:00am PDT, we discovered that Twitter was inaccessible for all web users, and mobile clients were not showing new Tweets. We immediately began to investigate the issue and found that there was a cascading bug in one of our infrastructure components. This wasn’t due to a hack or our new office or Euro 2012 or GIF avatars, as some have speculated today. A “cascading bug” is a bug with an effect that isn’t confined to a particular software element, but rather its effect “cascades”

#OnlyOnTwitter: Katy Perry offers chance at early screener tix

Do you ever unwrap a candy bar and secretly hope for a Willy Wonka style golden ticket? Twitter can be a little like that: you never know when someone you admire is going to surprise you by intersecting with your world.In fact, this happened today when pop princess @KatyPerry surprised her millions of followers with […]

Euro 2012: Follow all the action on the pitch and in the stands

During sporting events, Twitter mirrors the roar of the crowd. This is especially true during big events like the European Football Championship, which has ignited a global conversation around soccer. Below is a visualization of support for #France (in blue) and #England (in red) during their #Euro2012 match on June 11. On that day, people […]

Coming Soon: Twitter Advertising for Small Businesses

Successful small business owners intuitively know how to build meaningful relationships with their customers. They were the first to use Twitter to talk with consumers in real time, and their creativity demonstrated Twitter’s potential as a marketing platform. Today, some of the most effective marketing campaigns we see come from small, local, or Internet-only businesses—like […]

Twitter mobile app updates for iPhone and Android

New versions of both Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android are available today. Both apps bring back high-demand features, including the swipe shortcut, and they also introduce new design and functionality improvements. Here’s a rundown. Both apps Swipe shortcut: Swipe a Tweet in your home timeline to reply to, retweet, favorite or share it, […]

Hooray for Hollywood: The Oscars on Twitter

Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was packed with unexpected moments both onstage and off. While Tinseltown enjoyed the evening from the Hollywood and Highland Center, Twitter gave the rest of us an all-access pass to join the fun from anywhere in the world. From emotional wins to a notorious red carpet moment, the stars gave […]