Twitter back online after software glitch disrupts services

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Feb 11 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said on Friday it had fixed a software glitch in its micro-blogging websitethat had disrupted services for several thousands of its users.

"We've fixed a technical bug that was preventing timelines from loading and Tweets from posting. Things should be back to normal now," the company said in a tweet.

Earlier, Twitter had said on its status page thatit was facing an elevated number of application programming interface errors, a set of protocols for building and integrating application software.

Over 40,000 users had reported outage of the service on Downdetector, a website which tracks outages by collating status reports from a number of sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform.

Some users on Reddit had complained of being logged out of their Twitter account, while others said they could not send or retrieve tweets.

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Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri and Anil D'Silva

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