We would tell you to retweet this story to "help save a life", but obviously you can't (because Twitter is down). We reloaded and reloaded.
Then, shortly before 1pm PT (1:30am IST, Friday), it was back for many of us.More news: Would you let an Amazon robot into your house?
The model Chrissy Teigen phrased the collective sigh in all caps, tweeting "OH THANK GOD".
In an update published at 19:01 UTC, Twitter's API status page also says that their team is now "investigating dependencies for Twitter data". How serious she was is in the eyes of the beholder.
The whale was retired in 2013, largely because Twitter no longer wanted to be associated with what it represented. After all, outages had become far less common.More news: 4.6 natural disaster rattles Seattle region in the middle of the night
This time, Twitter's home page read in part, "Something is technically wrong".
According to Twitter's outage map displayed on DownDetecter, the scale of this outage can be seen affecting users in the Japan, United States and Europe including Italy, Spain, Germany France, Norway, and the United Kingdom. However, some users can still tweet which indicates that the outage is not worldwide. The gathering is mostly of conservative influencers Trump follows who have complained that they are consistently marginalized on the major platforms.More news: Manchester United left stunned by Newcastle's £50m asking price for Sean Longstaff
Todaay's outage comes the same day President Donald Trump is hosting a Social Media Summit at the White House that does not include the biggest social media networks - including Twitter. Twitter and Facebook execs were not invited.