UPDATE, 3:50 p.m. EDT: Twitter released an official statement acknowledging the technical issues via its official support Twitter account (@Support) and Tumblr page.
— Twitter Support (@Support) September 14, 2015
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m. EDT: Twitter is back up. The desktop site was down for approximately 40 minutes. According to the website isitdownrightnow.com, the site was still having some connectivity issues.
Modern online news flow took a temporary pause Monday afternoon. Twitter, the microblogging site heralded by journalists and celebrities yet struggling to attract significant other growth, went down.
The desktop site went down at approximately 2:30 p.m. EDT. Twitter's own standalone mobile app and third-party systems like TweetDeck were still functioning, however. Other pages of Twitter's website were functioning, such as its About Page.
Twitter's error page read, "Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing -- we're going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon."
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company, founded in 2006, is currently undergoing a CEO search to which some journalists poked fun at the timing of the error. Currently, co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey is filling in as the interim position.
Former CEO Dick Costolo stepped down on July 1. Dorsey has been championed by some, including investor Chris Sacca, to retake the position. However, Dorsey is also currently serving as CEO of Square, a mobile payment software company. Other internal candidates include Twitter's global revenue chief Adam Bain. The search is now four months in the process.
This is just a message about their CEO search pic.twitter.com/JiTB2YHka6
— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) September 14, 2015
This error is not the first time Twitter has gone down. At its early ages, the website would frequently crash. The website also went down in March 2014 for a total of 46 minutes, to which the San Jose Mercury News reported was the "longest and possibly largest outage" for the company since it went public in 2013.