It’s enough to make us miss the Fail Whale.During its outage this morning, Twitter’s website displayed a bizarre message showing chunks of code:
Twitter is currently down for <%= reason %>.
We expect to be back in <%= deadline %>. For more information, check out Twitter Status. Thanks for your patience!
It’s pretty obvious that some Web-app subroutine was supposed to fill in “reason” with something like “emergency maintenance” and “deadline” with a time.
So not only did Twitter’s website go down—that’s bad enough—but the emergency message didn’t display correctly.
That’s really embarrassing for a company which has struggled to shed the reputation for unreliability that it suffered from during its early days of hypergrowth.
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