SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ Tweeters were forced away from their computers early Sunday morning as the microblogging site was out of commission for a few hours for planned maintenance.
The work comes as the roughly 100 million users around the world continue to see the site grow.
Twitter is handling roughly 50-65 million tweets a day and KCBS technology analyst Larry Magid said there are challenges keeping up with the growing demand.
“It’s probably a good thing that they did it because I have noticed over the last couple of weeks a slowdown,” he said. “I’ll post something and there will be a delay. Or I’ll go into Twitter and it will say that Twitter is full. You can’t post. So, they’ve had a lot of infrastructure problems all along.”
Magid said while the 20 billionth tweet was recently posted, the site still lags behind Facebook in overall popularity.
“Twitter is still media people, political people, tech people. It’s not something that the average person does,” Magid said. “Another thing about Twitter, it’s not that popular among young people.”
The maintenance work took about five hours. Some tweets appeared to start moving again after 90 minutes, but some users were still unable to send messages hours later.