Black Friday Is Almost Here!
The Inventory team is rounding up deals you don’t want to miss, now through Cyber Monday. Click here to browse!

Twitter Was Taken Down Yesterday By a "Cascading Bug"

Following yesterday's failure, Twitter has gotten to the bottom of what went wrong: it was a software issue known as a "cascading bug".


If that doesn't mean an awful lot to you, you're not alone, so Twitter has tried its best to explain the issue on its blog:

A "cascading bug" is a bug with an effect that isn't confined to a particular software element, but rather its effect "cascades" into other elements as well. One of the characteristics of such a bug is that it can have a significant impact on all users, worldwide, which was the case today.


So nothing to do with a rash of people using aniated GIFs as avatars, then. Phew. [Twitter]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

Speaking of animated gifs, I've noticed a lot of Giz commenters now have animated gifs as well.

I would like to gif-ify my snake avatar