Sparkfun Twitter Free Day Promotion Overloads Server, Knocks Out Service

Sparkfun Free Day was largely a success as the Twitter hashtag #sparkfun became a “trending topic.” Sparkfun Free Day is a promotion setup by Sparkfun.com that gives away about $100,000 in free electronics.

The popularity of the hashtag caused a server outage and led the service to go offline. As a result, many frustrated contest participants vented on Twitter. I’ve embedded a widget below that shows people venting and giving their opinion about #sparkfun.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Sparkfun Twitter Free Day Promotion Overloads Server, Knocks Out Service Comments

  1. wine club says:

    It was fun while it lasted, although I'm guessing no one knows what the company actually does, only that it is the reason that Twitter was broken for a while the other day.

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