Thu, June 21, 2012 - 5:12 PM
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Twitter went down for several hours this afternoon, depriving users of a place to complain that Twitter was down.
The Twitter outage began at 11:59 a.m. according to Twitter's page on tracking site Pingdom. Service returned intermittently around 1 p.m., but less than an hour later, Twitter crashed again.
"Engineers are currently working to resolve the issue," a Twitter spokeswoman told CNNMoney.
Twitter updated its status blog at 1:42 saying "the issue has been resolved and all services are currently operational" -- but at 2:16, another update from Twitter backtracked and said "the issue is on-going."
An hour later, Twitter seemed to be working for most users. Shortly after 3 p.m. ET, Twitter's PR account tweeted that the issue was caused by "a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components."
The Twitter outage was the longest service disruption since an hour-long episode on October 7, which came during a month filled with hundreds of very brief outages, according to Pingdom's data.
Today's crash was extensive enough that Twitter didn't even display its famous "Fail Whale" error message. Instead, the site simply timed out.
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