Twitter website back online after brief outage

The Twitter website appears to be back online Tuesday afternoon, after the microblogging site site a micro-meltdown.

The Twitter site went down for a few minutes Tuesday afternoon, displaying not the customary stream of snark delivered in 140-character snippets but an animated ice cream cone, a hairy worm and the words "Twitter is currently down for maintenance."

The company's status blog at acknowledged the issue at 2:24 p.m. EST, with a simple statement: "Most users are experiencing issues accessing Twitter on web and mobile apps. We’re looking into it."

The site appears to be back online.

A spokeswoman for the company confirmed to it was looking into the problem.

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