Spaces are hosted on Twitter’s own servers and servers rented from
Amazon Web Services. AWS servers for Spaces are “insanely
underprovisioned” relative to the need for them, according to a
former employee who worked on the project.
On Wednesday, the lack of servers led to a predictable series of
cascading failures. In the run-up to the event, engineers expected
that Spaces would be able to accommodate hundreds of thousands of
users. But too many people joined the first stream simultaneously,
and the app kept crashing as a result.
Musk’s own Twitter app crashed repeatedly during the event, we’re
told. Musk, who uses the employee-only build of the app known as
Earlybird, was said to be furious afterward.
I’m sure he was.
I’m sure it was.