World Cup Expected to Increase 'Fail Whale' Sightings

Ainsley Jones

Four days into the 2010 World Cup, criticism is mounting over Adidas' Jabulani ball. Jabulani, which is Zulu for to "celebrate," is frustrating players just as the sporting competition is doing the same to Twitter users. According to Twitter, the World Cup could put an unprecedented strain on its network, meaning more "Fail Whale" sightings for users, says TG Daily.


Jean-Paul Cozzatti, a Twitter engineer said:

As more people turn to Twitter to see what's happening in the world (or in the World Cup), you may still see the whale when there are unprecedented spikes in traffic. We anticipate a significant surge in activity on Twitter. While we are making every effort to prepare for that surge, the whale may surface.

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