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Will WWDC break Twitter?

Robert Palmer

In the Venn diagram of users, the intersection of "Mac" and "Twitter" appears to be quite large. Why this is, I'm not sure, but it's true that many Mac users rely on the short-message broadcasting service for their day-to-day lives.

There's some concern in both communities that the flood of new tweets about announcements at tomorrow's WWDC will break the back of the Twitter infrastructure. Their uptime has been mostly in the 90s this month, with some features still disabled for performance reasons.

Do you think it will hold up? What will do you if Twitter grinds itself into metal shavings?

A poll and results, plus more updates (!!) all after the jump.

2:30 p.m. update: MG Siegler, the author of the VentureBeat story says in an email that he spoke with Twitter HQ about the event. Twitter assured him "they have a plan in place to make sure [a problem] doesn't happen and also have something fun planned. Biz Stone (who I talked to) wouldn't elaborate on either."

3:30 p.m. update: Commenter millenomi points us to Twitter's own blog post from just minutes ago about the preparations they're making. They're doing some hard-core server optimization, and in case that fails, they can turn Twitter services on and off quickly to shed load. Plus: one more thing. Could it be ... [REDACTED]?!


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