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"Fail Whale" and Twitocalypse

"Fail whale" is the image you see when twitter is down. In technical terms its called an outage.
The twitter "fail whale" is an image of several red birds trying to carry a whale using a net. The elegant illustration was created by Yiying Lu.

You can check out the status of twitter at http://status.twitter.com/ , the funny thing is that even the status page has a retweet option.

June 12, 2009, in what was called a potential "Twitpocalypse", the unique numerical identifier associated with each tweet exceeded the limit of 32-bit signed integers (2,147,483,647 total messages).While Twitter itself was not affected, some third-party clients could no longer access recent tweets. Source : wikipedia