Twitter prepares for meltdown as Arab League summit attendees vow to break Oscars selfie record
SAN FRANCISCO: Microblogging website Twitter has revealed that it has installed extra servers to cope with the expected surge in traffic during the Arab League Summit, which begins tomorrow in Kuwait City.
Organisers of the annual two-day event yesterday announced that they were planning to attempt an “Oscar-beating” group selfie with all the heads of attending, prompting IT managers at Twitter to leap into action.
“Sure, the Academy Awards selfie may have had Bradley Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts squeezing into the frame, but if the Arab Summit plans comes off we believe it’ll smash the three million retweets record in a matter of minutes,” said Adam Messenger, Twitter’s chief technology officer.
“I mean, just imagine… Kuwaiti prime minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, Tunisia’s president Moncef Marzouki, Jordanian prime minister Abdullah Ensour and Saudi’s King Abdullah… King Abdullah man… all in one group shot! It’s going to go totally cray-cray.”