Microblogging and social media platform Tumblr posted an announcement last week, saying that it will undergo maintenance on Saturday. This means that any Tumblr-based site will be inaccessible for a couple of hours on October 6 starting at 4 a.m. EST.
As posted by Blake Matheny, the microblogging site’s vice president for engineering, the maintenance will be the “last major step in upgrading [Tumblr’s] infrastructure.” The advanced maintenance notice reads as follows:
I have some bittersweet news.
Our engineering team has been hard at work this year, scaling Tumblr to serve billions of impressions to an audience of 150 million people all over the world.
Performance and reliability have improved hugely, but we have more to do.
We are now ready to complete the last major step in upgrading our infrastructure. Unfortunately, it has one very uncomfortable side-effect: all traffic to blogs and the Dashboard will be suspended during the operation — returning a simple “we’ll be right back” message.
We are preparing for any issues that may arise and want you to expect your blogs to be unavailable starting at 4:00 a.m. EST this Saturday (Oct 6th), and to come back online slowly over the next few hours.
I promise, the maintenance behind this interruption will go an extremely long way towards ensuring the highest level of service for many years to come.
Our deepest apologies for the inconvenience,
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Prior to this, it was reported that some users were unable to access their Tumblr blogs a couple of weeks ago. Although the blogs all over the world were down, it appears that the main site is functioning just fine.
There were also claims that the issue isn’t affecting all users the same way. Some say that all blogs are down, while there are those that worked when a user is logged in. For others, their blogs are loading just fine.
A particular Tumblr blog even theorized that the error has something to do with the microblogging site enforcing their users to put “www” on their URLs. In response to this, a Tumblr spokesperson gave a statement on The Next Web:
We’re investigating an issue that seemed to prevent certain networks from accessing Tumblr earlier today. The incident doesn’t appear to have been widespread and should have only lasted a few minutes.
Tumblr is a microblogging site that serves billions of impression for its 150 million users.