Twitter outage silences tweets

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There were no tweets on the internet for more than an hour Thursday morning due to a prolonged Twitter outage.

“We are determining the cause and will provide an update shortly,” reported the Twitter status blog around 9:45 a.m. ET.

The outage had started around 9 a.m. ET, reported the TechCrunch blog.

As of 10:20 a.m. ET, the site had been down for an hour and 11 minutes, said Pingdom.com, which monitors uptime and downtime for websites that include Twitter.

While long outages were common on the site two years ago, Pingdom’s statistics show Thursday’s outage is the longest in the past five months. During that period, the site was down an average of 82 minutes per month.

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