After several hours of persistent complaints from Twitter users, the company has posted a notice that it is aware of the problem. According to Twitter, the errors (such as an “over capacity” message featuring the famous “Fail Whale”) are caused by unspecified changes made to the service in recent days:
We’ve noticed an unusually high number of service disruptions today, all happening at around the same time.
First to fall was LiveJournal, which began reporting database problems on the LiveJournal Status page at 8:58 am ET; downrightnow immediately picked up the announcement. Kudos to LJ for acknowledging the issue and keeping users informed.
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