The day after an election – when the Internet is abuzz with chatter — is a bad one for Twitter to have problems, but the microblogging site indeed said it was “experiencing site availability issues” including slowness and “errors” early Wednesday.
Some users trying to log into the site were unable to, getting a message that Twitter was “over capacity … Too many tweets!”
“We’re working to address these issues quickly,” Twitter said on its support page.
“Users may notice that their timelines are updating slowly. All tweets (messages) will eventually be delivered.”
To help stabilize the site, Twitter said, it is turning off some of the site's features including, "but not limited to," Twitter Search, photo uploads, RSS feeds and HoverCards.
In what may be unrelated, Twitter announced Tuesday that it plans to start testing its own way of shortening Web site links posted by users to fit in the 140-character message limit. Various free services, such as bit.ly and tinyurl.com, now do this.
But there have been problems with scammers using the shortened links to send those who click on them to phishing sites in order to obtain personal information or to trigger a computer virus.