(The Hosting News) – Popular social networking site Twitter recently faced downtime on Thursday due to what the company labeled a “cascading bug.” The problem initially began at 9:00 AM pacific time and the company was able to begin a full recovery nearly two hours later.
So exactly what is a “cascading bug”? Twitter explained the issue in a blog post.
“A “cascading bug” is a bug with an effect that isn’t confined to a particular software element, but rather its effect “cascades” into other elements as well. One of the characteristics of such a bug is that it can have a significant impact on all users, worldwide, which was the case today,” commented the social site.
Meanwhile, to affectively address the problem, Twitter said it temporarily reverted back to a prior stable release of its platform.
Some initial rumors concerned the idea that the site had been hacked, an idea the company emphatically denied despite a claim by hacktivist organization UGNazi, according to a report from CNN Money.
The site has had outage problems in the past. It’s known to have displayed the common “Twitter is over capacity” message, showing what many common users refer to as the “fail whale.” However, the site discussed recent improvements to its uptime.
“For the past six months, we’ve enjoyed our highest marks for site reliability and stability ever: at least 99.96% and often 99.99%. In simpler terms, this means that in an average 24-hour period, twitter.com has been stable and available to everyone for roughly 23 hours, 59 minutes and 40-ish seconds. Not today though,” commented Twitter in the blog.