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I wrote a headline back in May that got quite a bit of play around the Internet: Twitter: Don’t blame Ruby, blame Scoble. The post was based on Twitter developer (now the service’s API lead) Alex Payne suggesting that Twitter’s scaling problems were due to “popular users” (like blogger Robert Scoble) sending messages to their thousands of followers quickly. While Twitter later clarified that statement a bit more, Scoble and other top Twitter users were angry at blame being pointed at them for Twitter’s failings. But Twitter is beyond pointing fingers at its users now, as it writes on its blog today.
In the past week, Twitter had some of its most significant site issues in months, but that wasn’t due to either the Macworld Expo or Consumer Electronics Show events, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone writes. You see, while Twitter isn’t quite the size of Facebook, which is now larger than several countries like Japan and Russia (in terms of visitors), it’s big enough that even these big U.S.-based tech events are just blips on their traffic radar.
Instead, Twitter’s issues this week were due to the system’s interaction with the memcached memory system, which was screwing up user timelines, Stone claims. The team is currently working to correct the issue. While no one likes downtime, especially with services they’re addicted to, it’s definitely a step in the right direction that Twitter updates us on issues and takes the blame for screw-ups. It didn’t always do that.
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