Is Twitter down? Users report crashes worldwide on July 11 - Dexerto

Is Twitter down? Users report crashes worldwide on July 11

Published: 11/Jul/2019 18:56 Updated: 11/Jul/2019 19:52

by Calum Patterson


A widespread crash appears to have affected Twitter worldwide on July 11, a first on such a scale in recent memory.

The social media platform is the go-to hub for the world’s going-ons, but ground to a halt at approximately 11:50AM PT, on July 11.


Update: at approximately 12:50AM PT on July 11, Twitter services resumed for most users – with the outage lasting roughly one hour.

Users were met with a somewhat vague ‘something went technically wrong’ error when visiting the home page on desktop, while others saw their feed refreshing endlessly.


The error message greeted users visiting Twitter on desktop devices.

On mobile apps, the problem prevented new Tweets from loading, and sending them was also not possible, if you were able to reach the main page at all.

Of course, Twitter is usually the place the online world goes to report such major issues, and seeing the mini-blogging platform endure such a widespread outage is rare.

Tracking website ‘down-detector’ received a whopping 25,000+ reports on July 11, at around 12PM PT (3PM ET, 8PM BST)


Tens of thousands of Twitter users went to report the outage.

Coincidentally, the crash came on the same day as another of the web’s biggest platforms crashed, as Reddit users found the site out of action.

Both Reddit and Twitter are central hubs for what’s going on in the world, with hundreds of millions of daily visitors, and users where almost lost without them.

Twitter reportedly had 126 million unique daily visitors in February 2019, making it one of the most popular platforms, although it is dwarfed by Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and YouTube.


Twitter is yet to address the outage at the time of writing, but we will keep you updated as the situation progresses.


StreamElements supports underrepresented streamers with Creator Diversity Fund

Published: 2/Sep/2020 17:38 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 9:32

by Calum Patterson


StreamElements has announced the 20 recipients of its $100,000 Creator Diversity fund, providing creators of underrepresented groups on Twitch with professional livestreaming services.

These streamers are up-and-coming broadcasters who are fighting for their place in the uber-competitive landscape of livestreaming, and who face even harsher competition because of their protected characteristics.


The Creator Diversity Fund will provide them “a wide range of support from StreamElements which includes graphics, production, and mentorship.”

StreamElements Logo
StreamElements provides tools and services to livestreamers.

Additionally, SteelSeries is onboard to provide all recipients with Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headsets.


StreamElements said they were inspired to start the fund, due to an acknowledgment that these creators, in underrepresented groups, face extra challenges in the livestreaming space.

StreamElements Creator Diversity Fund Recipients

The creators were selected due to the type of content they were producing, their dedication to livestreaming, and their own insights provided when they applied.

The fund hopes to be “a way to help elevate their presence and voice in an ecosystem where discovery and access to information is an issue.”


Marc, who goes by Teknikalx on Twitch, told us “I applied for the fund because I thought it would be beneficial for my channel to receive additional support to give the channel a more professional look vs what I have now. Also to bring to light that programs like this exist and if a channel such as mine can receive support in this manner, other channels can too.”

Teknikalx boasts over 5,000 followers on Twitch, but says that having the support of StreamElements ‘Dream Team’ will “give a boost to my channel in the extra visibility to my content. I truly believe that the access to doors that would otherwise be closed will open, with their support to show that my content is worth not only checking out but supporting.”

Fellow streamer StreetGrind, who streams everything from Fall Guys to Horizon Zero Dawn, said the support from the Creator Diversity fund will take his “content and brand to the next level in overall aesthetics as well as consistency.”

Twitch streamer StreetGrind
StreetGrind, one of the recipients of the Creator Diversity Fund, aims to take his content and brand to the “next level.”

“I’m hoping to use this support to increase my discoverability on who I am and what my brand is about. Improving every day one step at a time and helping others along the way,” he explained. “We stand stronger together instead of individually.”

Another recipient, GoofyWise, similarly hopes the support will push his stream further and provide a better viewing experience. “Opportunities like these are rare especially those targeted to people who look like me.”



“I plan to use this opportunity to take my channel to the next level by giving my stream an increased level of professionalism that will attract viewers from all around,” he told Dexerto. “Not to mention the added confidence boost from having a higher quality look and feel. Look good, feel good!”

The support will include guidance on growing their brand, securing sponsorships, merchandising, and all other facets of growing and maintaining an audience.

StreamElements is one of the leading third-party services used by countless streamers to manage their donations, overlays, alerts and more while they are broadcasting.

“Livestreaming is not an easy profession and it can be even more daunting for members of underrepresented groups,” said Doron Nir, CEO, StreamElements. “With the Creator Diversity Fund, our goal is to provide those invaluable industry insights on top of improving all aspects of their channels.”

Each of the 20 recipients will have an “account manager”, with 24/7 assistance, and provided a selection of “in-game overlays, alerts, emotes, transitions, sub badges, headers, tipping pages, info panels, and logos,” customized for their channel.