A few hours ago, Twitter's server response was indicating a few moments before the new year '2016' sets in. Queries sent to Twitter's HTTP response headers at https://twitter.com returned a time stamp dated 12 months into the future, at Monday 29 December 2015. As a result, consumers of the popular TweetDeck application appeared to see every tweet appear with a timestamp 365 days ago.
In a turn of event that surprised most fanatics and buffs who were keen enough, these changes were even more extensive than HTTP headers. In fact, some users on the social network's Android app were auto-logged out of the service, and were consequently unable to log in again via the application. As one would imagine, this also extended to millions of users running third party applications.
A couple of hours after these issues and discrepancies were noted, Twitter responded through their official support account, saying that their technical team was working on resolving issues that were preventing users from signing into the platform.
In October, earlier this year, the social giant recorded $175 million net loss on revenue of $361 million, depicting a 114 percent increase year-on-year. The company is currently ranked among the top three social platforms, boasting over 284 million monthly active users.
November this year, the American social giant also announced a drive to track what other applications users had installed on their smartphones and other devices, in a bid to better ad targeting and content.
These kinds of errors are not uncommon in tech circles, but considered a social platform of Twitter’s size, it can lead to significant losses both in traffic and revenue for third party application vendors.