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Millions of Twitter users are unable to Tweet, reTweet, hash, @ and direct message their virtual friends Wednesday as the Twitter service and website were unresponsive.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone told reporters that the site had been hit by a denial of service attack.

Twitter went down around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Service was restored briefly before the attack forced the service down again.

A denial of service attack is a common way to bring websites and computer networks to their knees by sending repeated — often a countless number of — requests to the website, bottling up bandwidth on the website literally like a clogged drain pipe.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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