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Goodbye Fail Whale: Twitter Dramatically Increases Reliability

For a while, Twitter’s reliability issues were a running joke in the blogosphere, with Twitter’s iconic Fail Whale appearing on anything from tatoos to t-shirts. According to the latest update from Twitter, however, the service had an uptime of 99.88% in August. As Twitter’s co-founder Biz Stone points out, Twitter is working diligently to improve the service’s reliability. So far, those efforts seem to be working out quite well for the popular microblogging service. During August, Twitter was only down for about 1 hour, while in June, the service was unavailable for more than 11 hours.

As Royal Pingdom notes, Twitter also managed to stabilize the load time of the site in the last few months. While May and June showed lots of erratic movements, August remained completely flat.

Clearly, some of the recent hires and acquisitions have worked out very well for Twitter. As Jack Dorsey notes in the latest update on the Twitter blog, Twitter has finally achieved a point where the team is not just constantly fighting brush fires. Instead, the team is now finally able to, as Dorsey puts it, ‘craft’ solutions features.

Looking at the latest stats from Compete, it seems Twitter is still growing at a nice clip, which makes the fact that the team has been able to stabilize the system an even greater achievement.

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