Twitter’s Tweets Mysteriously Disappearing


Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is experiencing some technical glitches as the most popular tweets of all-time are getting vanished from the platform. Since late Tuesday, users of the micro blogging site have been buzzing about the disappearance of some popular tweets.

In place of the original tweets, users are met with a note that reads, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”

Famous tweets vanishing

Some tweets that have disappeared include the last tweet from actor Cory Monteit before his death, Ellen DeGeneres’ viral selfie (generated more than 3.4 million retweets) and also breaking news posts from @CNBC.

One of the fans of Justin Bieber tweeted along with a frame showing a tweet which is no longer available on the singer’s profile, “At least I got the tweet framed before it got deleted.”

Apart from the users, editors at various media companies also noticed the disappearances of the tweet. In an update on the issue, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) said it is “currently researching a bug that has caused some tweets to not be displayed.”

Not good for Twitter

It is certainly bad news for Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) at the wrong time. Recently, Facebook announced the acquisition of virtual tech firm Oculus for $2 billion, also, Instagram now boasts of more than 200 million monthly active users. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) now has over 1 billion monthly active users while Twitter’s mobile app is used by only 184 million users each month.

This is third major glitch faced by Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) this month. On March 2, Ellen Degeneres’ seflie, which broke records, generated so much attention that the Twitter service became unavailable for a few minutes during the show. On March 11, again the micro blogging site witnessed an outage.

Twitter shares, which have seen highs of over $74, are now trending more towards their lowest of $38.80. The micro blogging site came up with an IPO in late 2013, and sold shares at $26. On Tuesday, the shares closed at $47.88 giving it a market value of $27 billion versus $42 billion at the peak trading. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) shares are expected to slide further after a major IPO lockup expiration on May 6, when more than 400 million shares will available for sale in the open market.

Update: It appears that as of this writing, some of the missing tweets have been restored, including Degeneres’ popular super-seflie.

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Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at

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