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Has the Olympics crashed Twitter already? Social networking site crashes just a day before the opening ceremony

Twitter crashed this afternoon leaving millions unable to communicate via the firm’s web site.

The San Francisco firm confirmed the technical problems on its web site status page.

It said: ‘Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter.

‘Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.’

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Fail: twitter crashed for users just a day ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics

By 6pm (GMT) services had largely been restored, although some users were still reporting minor problems and twitter said it was still experiencing ‘performance issues’.

The problems are a major embarrassment for the firm just a day before the Olympic opening ceremony, and fears were growing that the site could crash during the opening ceremony.

The firm has been working closely with organisers to ensure the site is available.

Major events can lead to thousands of tweets per second being sent, and traffic for the London Games is expected to be far higher than for Beijing, when twitter was far less established.

‘It could be making some people a bit nervous,’ said Tom Wiggins, news editor of gadget magazine Stuff.

‘If the number of people tweeting about the torch relay is anything to go by, the opening ceremony is likely to be one of the most tweeted-about events ever.’

In previous years, the site became notorious for its ‘fail whale’, the logo displayed when its service crashed or became overloaded.

The site has already been widely used by athletes and fans alike – and has led to one athlete being kicked out.  Read More

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