March 16, 2011

Some Twitter Users Unable to Access Social Site


Twitter’s attempt to make the site more secure possibly backfired today as some users found themselves unable to get on to the social networking site.

Those who were dying to tweet about whether “Bachelor Brad Womack” will actually stayed engaged to Emily Maynard, following “The Bachelor” season finale Monday, were instead met with an error message reading “Something is technically wrong- Thanks for noticing. We are going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.”

Twitter’s response at around 3 p.m. EST:  “You may experience some problems loading twitter.com and with Twitter clients. We are aware of the problem and are taking action.”

The news of the site being down follows a big high for Twitter as yesterday, the site turned five years old. The social media site has come a long way since the first tweet that was sent on March 21, 2006. Since then, 50 million tweets are sent per day for an average user; on average 140 million tweets are sent per day; and an average of 60,000 new accounts are started each day. 

Before Twitter was plagued by access mishap, the social feed site announced its plans in taking the necessary steps to make it easier for users to manage the security of their Twitter experience. Yesterday, Twitter officials blogged about adding a user setting that allows users to always use HTTPS when accessing Twitter. 

Following that roll-out, twitter.com experienced “elevated” load issues, according to published reports, and the new security measures could have caused the problems experienced by some users today.

Following that roll-out, twitter.com experienced “elevated” load issues, according to published reports, and could have caused the problems experienced by some users today.

“Using HTTPS for your favorite Internet services is particularly important when using them over unsecured WiFi (News - Alert) connections,” Twitter wrote.

While Twitter users have always been able to use Twitter through HTTPS, the social networking site has made it simpler for users to do this by adding the option to always use HTTPS by adjusting your settings and checking the box next to “Always use HTTPS,” which is at the bottom of the page.

“This will improve the security of your account and better protect your information if you’re using Twitter over an unsecured Internet connection, like a public WiFi network, where someone may be able to eavesdrop on your site activity,” Twitter wrote. “In the future, we hope to make HTTPS the default setting.”

Right now, Twitter may want to make its social networking site default to a “we always work” setting.


Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee
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