Six Days of Downtime for Twitter in 2007

Twitter’s downtime last weekend was not unusual, according to Pingdom, which has been tracking Twitter’s performance since mid-February. Right now they’re at about 98 percent availability, which sounds good but actually adds up to quite a few hours of downtime each month. Here’s Pingdom’s summary:

We have monitored the availability of the website since mid February 2007 until today (and counting). So far, the accumulated downtime of the website totals 5 days and 23 hours. This includes maintenance, but is still a very high number. So far in December, the website has been unavailable for a total of almost 11 hours (part of which was due to problems related to a data center move).

As we noted earlier in the week, there hasn’t been a user revolt as yet. For most folks, Twittering clearly isn’t rise to the level of a mission-critical application. But with the emergence of services ranking the most powerful Tweeters, there may yet emerge an ecosystem and business model that will demand better uptime. Pingdom has added a Twitter tracking page to monitor the service’s uptime.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.