Sorry Folks, No 'Twitpocalypse' Tonight

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2009 7:09 PM CDT
Sorry Folks, No 'Twitpocalypse' Tonight
Rumors of a Twitter meltdown are rife on the web tonight, but one scribe says the bug is all Y2K-style hype.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Rumors of a Y2K-style Twitter bug crashing the microblogging site tonight are mere tweeter-tattle, Ryan Paul writes on Ars Technica. True, Twitter assigns each missive with a numerical ID, and their total will soon exceed 2,147,483,647—the most a 32-bit assigned interger can fit. But the site, and likely most of its third-party programs, are designed to handle the load.

"The interwebs are all a-twitter with speculation about a nefarious Twitter bug that could soon doom us all to fail-whale purgatory," writes Paul. "The truth, however, is that the so-called Twitpocalypse will probably not do much damage at all." Follow the Twitter ID total as it approaches the 32-bit maximum by clicking the link below.
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