Twitter seen holding up under barrage of Apple iPad tweets

Apple fans, detractors slowed down Twitter, but there was crash during iPad event

The iPod app on Apple's iPad

The iPod app on Apple's iPad

Twitter appears to have mostly held up under the barrage of tweets hitting the micro-blogging site during Apple's announcement of the iPad today.

Early this afternoon, Apple CEO Steve Jobs ended months of rumor and online speculation about what they company has dubbed the iPad .

The unveiling of the new device, which looks a lot like a big iPhone, sent the Twitterverse into overdrive.

At one point, four of the Top 10 search strings on Twitter were related to the new iPad.

"So the apple iPad looks awesome!!!," wrote one Twitterer. Another tweeted, "Love Love Love Steve Jobs and the new Apple iPad! Innovation at its best resides at Mac!!!!"

But Twitter users aren't shy about tweeting about what they don't like, either.

"Overall ... iPad a big disappointment," tweeted one user. Many were afire tweeting about their dislike for the name iPad. "The best part about the iPad announcement is all the jokes fillin up my tweet stream. keep em coming!," noted one Twitterer.

There had been some online speculation this morning that Twitter's system might not be able to the activity expected during and after the iPad announcement. Twitter didn't crash, and the stream of tweets kept flowing despite some intermittent slowdowns.

Twitter did note on its status page this morning that it was dealing with delay issues, but later noted that all was clear by 3:30 p.m.

AlertSite, a Web site performance monitor, reported around 1 p.m. EST today that Twitter response time slowed to about 70 seconds in some locations. At the same time some Twitter users complained of delays up to 8 or 10 minutes.

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