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Inaugural #Fail: Twitter Goes Down

Too much traffic?

By Scott Budman
|  Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013  |  Updated 4:59 AM PDT
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Inaugural #Fail: Twitter Goes Down

...watching the inauguration.

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We hadn't seen the fail whale in a long time, but Barack Obama might have brought it back.

Well, to be fair, it seems that excitement surrounding the President's Inauguration has turned Twitter from a firehose to a trickle on this Inauguration Day. The San Francisco company says more than one million tweets were sent out during the ceremony - that compares to about 80,000 tweets during the swearing-in back in 2009.

But, with success comes the occasional engineering problem, and Twitter posted on its own blog about issues with the site slowing down. Engineers, they say, are working to bring the site back to full speed.

On a day where we saw even the First Family pulling out the smartphones, presumably to social network, Twitter likely had one of its biggest days in recent memory - one that left many of us unable to tweet.

When Twitter comes back, Scott will be there: @scottbudman

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