Twitter crashes after 16,000 New Year tweets per second

London: Social networking site Twitter was out of action for over an hour in Britain after it was overloaded with New Year messages.

site crashed around 3 p.m. Saturday. It coincided with midnight
celebrations in Japan when revellers were sending a record 16,197 tweets
per second, the Daily Mail reported Sunday.

The overload meant
no one could post new messages or read existing ones. Instead,
frustrated users were greeted with the error message: “Twitter is over

The site returned to working order but then stopped on
several other occasions, prompting speculation that it was being hit by
the arrival of New Year in different parts of the world.

meltdown happened as the world welcomed in 2012, a year of historic
importance for Britain, with the Olympics, the Paralympics and the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee set to be defining moments.

Up to 250,000
people poured into Central London, some in Trafalgar Square and others
watching the pyrotechnics centred on the London Eye, the Mail said.

Tokyo, people released helium balloons in front of the Tokyo Tower at
midnight with notes attached listing their hopes for 2012. Many wished
for a better year, following the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, the
newspaper added.

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