Twitter crashed several times on January 1, 2012.

Twitter crashed several times on January 1, 2012.

On January 1, 2012 famous micro-blogging website Twitter crashed in London (UK) for over an hour due to bombarding of new year messages.

In Britain, Twitter crashed for an hour at 3 PM (Local Time). Also a disrupt was felt in Japan, when tweets per second count reached to an all time record of above 16,000. The website started working but crashed many times in between.

The crash happened as a result of New Year Wishes in 2012. For Britain, 2012 is a very important year including celebration of the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Crash means users were unable to read their messages as well as they could not post new messages. Tweeter showed its users the error message : “Twitter is over capacity.”

Frustration Tweets

There were several tweets of frustration as a result of Twitter crash.

A frustrated user tweeted :

It’s amazing how three words can ruin my day! Twitter over capacity.

An another interesting tweet was :

Twitter’s New Year resolution needs to be I will never go over capacity.

Events Worldwide

Huge crowds were recorded in Central London, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye (the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe).

In Tokyo (Japan’s capital), Helium balloons were released at the Tokyo Tower at midnight. There were notes attached to the ballons with new year wishes and desires for 2012 expecting a better year. It is important to note that earthquake and tsunami in 2011, has devastated Japan causing serious casualties to lives and properties.


Carolyn Penner, a twitter-spokeswoman reported in an e-mail to the ‘New York Times’, however she didn’t clear the reasons for the crashes and the duration of the crashes. She said :

Some people experienced issues connecting early today.

When Facebook was asked about their online traffic capacity, Facebook said that It is ready to handle the New Year Traffic and it expects one billion uploads including photos and comments.

Facebook’s director of engineering, Jay Parikh stresses the importance of prediction of traffic amount. He said :

There is a little bit of a special preparation in terms of watching over it, but it’s not this fire drill. We’ll just kind of run through a preflight checklist type of thing.