the site crashed at about 3pm and was out of action for more than an hour.
It coincided with midnight celebrations in Japan when revellers were sending a record 16,197 tweets per second.
The overload meant no one could post new messages or read existing ones. Instead, frustrated users were greeted with the error message: ‘Twitter is over capacity.’
Here are some interesting and hilarious tweets made by some users before and after the crash:
One user tweeted: ‘It’s amazing how three words can ruin my day! Twitter over capacity.’
Another joked: ‘Twitter’s New Year resolution needs to be I will never go over capacity.’
“Don’t know what to pick for this year’s New Year’s Resolutions. Last year’s was “Say yes to more things,” which explains my obesity & Hep C,” posted a user.
Another user wrote, “y (why) are people wishing a happy new year to “everyone”? Happy New Year to everyone i like, if i don’t like you hope, you have the worst year of your life.”… (I hope he does not mean this…!)
“Check this funny one; New Year’s resolution # 3 – I will carry a hammer with me and immediately knock out the teeth of anyone who mentions the Mayan calendar,” posted by another user, referring to the rumor that the world will end in December 2012 according to the Mayan calendar. Certainly, it is one of the hottest topics of discussion these days.
Interestingly, another user tweeted, “My new year’s resolution is….to get noticed by the boys and to meet them. Same as last year, lol.”
On the same note, another user posted her resolution as, “New year, new start, new man.”
One wrote, “This is a new year… I intend to improve myself this year… to be more annoying than I was last year.”
Most importantly, we must realise that resolutions are relevant; we set them each year, but our ability to set good resolutions and make it work, is important.