An afternoon without Twitter or Facebook: hackers wage war on the work-shy

Twitter collapsed for over an hour this afternoon but for once it wasn't just the sheer weight of people talking about their breakfasts or celebrating

Twitter collapsed for over an hour this afternoon but for once it wasn't just the sheer weight of people talking about their breakfasts or celebrating the birthday of a boyband member that did it.

Hackers waged a denial of service attack (where requests to load the site are made at such a rate that the server collapses) against the micro-blogging site. Twitter confirmed the situation on their blog saying simply: "We are defending against a denial-of-service attack and will update status again shortly."

The site sprung back to life again soon after, immediately filling with Tweets discussing the downtime. My favourite was: "Where were you the day Twitter died?"

Many workers busy schedules packed with shirking and skiving were totally derailed as Facebook also seemed to fail – perhaps taken down by the weight of people displaced from Twitter. Throughout the afternoon it was littered with errors and dead links. Unlike Twitter, Facebook has yet to explain the issues.

In a lovely bit of irony the problems with Twitter and Facebook managed to put downforeveryoneorjustme.com, a site that tells you whether your favourite sites aren't working crashed too. The panic of social media fans frightened about losing their fix was just too much for it.

Let us know how you got through the trauma of an afternoon without Facebook or Twitter. Do we need to set up a support group?