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World Cup related traffic can crash twitter.

Twitter, which has suffered a series of outages this week, has warned that there could be more problems amid heavy World Cup traffic.

Mr Jean-Paul Cozzatti, a Twitter engineer, said on the Twitter blog that the micro-blogging service's problems this week were due to an internal network being over-capacity.

Mr Cozzatti said Twitter was doubling capacity and re balancing traffic on the network to redistribute the load.

When Twitter goes down, a picture of a whale — known as the "fail whale" — appears on and Mr Cozzatti said his engineering team was hoping for fewer appearances by the creature.

"You may still see the whale when there are unprecedented spikes in traffic," he said on Friday.

"For instance, during the World Cup tournament — and particularly during big, closely-watched matches (such as the match between England and the USA) — we anticipate a significant surge in activity on Twitter. "While we are making every effort to prepare for that surge, the whale may surface," he said.

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