Most of us dread getting “the fail whale” on Twitter. It’s the little icon that pops up when you’re trying to access the site, but it can’t respond because it’s overwhelmed by traffic. That whale may soon be a thing of the past.
Shortly after hitting the 100 million user mark, Twitter reportedly began making plans to move into a massive data center in Atlanta, Georgia to accommodate increased traffic on its micro blogging service, reduce system downtime and, hopefully for consumers, make the fail whale extinct.
Twitter’s chief executive, Dick Costolo, recently estimated that Twitter, which now handles some 230 million tweets a day, will add another 26 million members by the end of this year. That equals the total of new members added to the service from 2006 to 2009 combined.
What do you think about this rumor? Do you think this is Hype (Twitter isn’t looking in to a massive data center in Georgia), or is this Ripe (the report seems accurate)?