Is Twitter Down? Maybe Herdict Knows!

This morning, a flood of Herdict reports rushed in, telling us that Twitter was inaccessible in the United States.  Of course, Twitter addicts that we are, we already knew, and some of us had already checked the Twitter-specific test site,, for answers.

Although the site provides a quick answer as to whether or not Twitter is down, did you know that Herdict can do the same thing…and more?  Our framework tests the site to discover if it is dead or if there is a temporary network error, which then automatically generates a sentence like the one you see below:

In addition to helping determine if the site is inaccessible in general – or just inaccessible to you – Herdict can tell you where else a site is inaccessible around the world!

Don’t forget – when you make a Herdict report, if you think the site you are reporting is only temporarily inaccessible, please tell us why you think it might be, using the drop down menu:


Incidentally – Twitter is  inaccessible due to a Denial of Service attack.

About the Author: Jillian York

Jillian C. York is the Project Coordinator for the OpenNet Initiative and the part of the Herdict team that you should contact if you have any questions about other-language instances of the site or international press. She created most of the textual content on the site, so if you spot something funny, let her know! She's also the face behind the @Herdict Twitter feed.

8 Comments to “Is Twitter Down? Maybe Herdict Knows!”

  1. Wine of Month Club:

    Interesting, I will try it out next time when I’m not sure if Twitter is down, or it is my connection.

  2. Pep:

    Twitter is blocked by Chinese government, or on the way to be blocked.

  3. iiclisbona:

    i dont know how is down

  4. George:

    Sometime Twitter is piss me of!I have many friends and my e-mail is full!

  5. Steve:

    I will keep this tool in mind next time a big site goes down. Great work. Thanks.

  6. Penny Stock Trader:

    It’s funny how these new web 2.0 sites go down, and everyone panics LOL.

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    here i know about herdict thanks for info….

  8. buy kitchen cabinets online:

    i dont know how is down I will try it out next time when I’m not sure if Twitter is down, or it is my connection.