#TwitterDown Hashtag Trends As Glitches Hit Twitter Users Worldwide

Twitter users worldwide are experiencing outages when trying to access and use the popular microblogging service on Tuesday.

A variety of different errors are being experienced by Twitter users right now in various parts of the world with some unable to access the website at all, while others have sporadic problems, like an inability to search or problems with posting images with their 140 character tweets.

According to CBS, the Twitter website and its mobile apps were down Tuesday with users receiving a message as soon as they tried to log on, telling them site developers were working to fix a technical issue.

“We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution,” said an error message from Twitter.

As they report, the biggest problems appeared to be in Europe, Japan, and on the east coast of the U.S.A.

Right now in various parts of Europe, it is no problem to log in and browse your Twitter feed. Users can make their 140 character posts with no problem, but currently have problems when they add an image to those posts, with a message appearing instead of the photo reading “Embedded image permalink.” However, clicking on that message will, currently, display the image.

All well and good, but if you are based in Europe and currently want to search for particular keywords or hashtags on Twitter, you are totally out of luck. As this writer found out this morning in Spain, if you try to perform a search, all you get is messages reading “no results” or the alternative error message “Sorry, we couldn’t complete your request.”

Rather ironically, clicking on the currently top-trending hashtag #twitterdown comes up with the message “no results” too, as can be seen below.

Twitter glitches
[Image screen capture from Twitter]
On top of that, the writer is finding she cannot follow anyone this morning… it just comes up with an error saying “Sorry! We did something wrong.”

As reported by CBS, the Twitter service was back to normal and up and running again — in the U.S.A. at least — by 6a.m., but at 7:25 a.m. and the time of writing, Europe continues to suffer glitches.

According to Tech Times, a report by Down Detector showed France, Germany and the United Kingdom were the worst hit by the errors accessing Twitter earlier today.

According to their report, a service meltdown also happened on Monday, with the service down for around 10 minutes. Now they think the same problem is what is affecting users on Tuesday.

In Japan, Twitter users reported outages, while other Asian countries had no problems accessing Twitter in the normal way. However, everywhere from Scandinavia to South Africa to the writer’s little spot in Spain have continued to suffer.

While the situation is as normal for many Twitter users in Europe, with no problems experienced, others continued to be hit by irritating errors when trying to perform the simplest function on the microblogging website.

Rather ironically, if Facebook has a problem, social media users tend to head to Twitter to find out what’s wrong. As is evidenced by the trending hashtag #twitterdown, today they are heading to Twitter to find out what’s wrong with Twitter.

Reuters mentions a tweet by James Martin with the Twitter handle @pundamentalism, saying “I’m reading hundreds of tweets, on Twitter, saying Twitter is down.”

Martin is making a comparison with the plot of the film Inception, that fascinating sci-fi movie where Leonardo DiCaprio convinces people to believe things which only seem real. Regrettably, however, while the tweets do keep on coming in Europe, so too do the errors.

At least some people have a sense of humor about the whole situation.

[Image via Flickr by Christa Burns/CC BY-NC 2.0]
Hopefully Twitter’s engineers will finally get the service up and running in true microblogging form at some stage during the day. Until then, if you are experiencing the errors on Twitter, rather stay away. It’s just too darn frustrating.

[Photo screen capture from Twitter]