Twitter has disruptions after hectic time during inauguration of U.S. President

Users encountered problems with the service on Monday

Twitter's service had problems on Monday for over six hours with some users complaining the service was slow, while others could not access the service.

The service interruptions came after Twitter claimed that there were 1.1 million inauguration-related messages on its service during the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter, it said in a message. Twitter's engineers are working to resolve the problem, it added.

A company spokeswoman did not comment on what was causing the interruptions. "Unfortunately, we don't have anything to share beyond what is on the status blog," she said via email.

There was speculation that Twitter went down as a result of a large number of Twitter messages during Obama's inauguration and related events. During the ceremony, there were 1.1 million inauguration-related messages on its service, with 27,795 per minute at the peak, Twitter said.

A notice on the company's developer section indicated late Monday that the service was having disruptions in a number of areas such as timeline, favorites and friends.

By late evening, Twitter was reporting that its help center was down. "We will send an update when the issues have been resolved," Twitter user support said in a message. Earlier, it reported that profile photo upload was unavailable. "Hold tight, we hope to have it back soon," it said.

Twitter also had interruptions in its service last week. It reported that it was experiencing intermittent problems with Twitter's rendering of pages. The issue was resolved, it said later in the day.

The problems continued after 11:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Monday

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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