Kobe Bryant's farewell game was bound to be an event of worldwide interest, with fans flooding social media all day with #MambaDay tributes and #MambaMemories. Then, at the moment that Bryant took the court for the final time, that came to a grinding halt.
Kobe broke Twitter. Awesome!! #MambaDay— Miles Simon (@milessimon) April 14, 2016
The site didn't completely go down, but scheduled tweets failed to send and some users experienced difficulties accessing the site and sending tweets.
Some people may currently be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. We're working on a fix, stay tuned. https://t.co/SdU8w4qCbU— Twitter Support (@Support) April 14, 2016
The issue has now been resolved, thank you for your patience. https://t.co/SdU8w4qCbU— Twitter Support (@Support) April 14, 2016
But that was nothing compared to later in the game, when the Lakers' official Twitter account disappeared completely.
.@Lakers is temporarily down. We will continue to tweet Kobe Bryant's final game from this account.— Lakers Digital (@LakersDigital) April 14, 2016
The @Lakers account appeared back on the site with about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, after not having tweeted for more than 30 minutes.
Sorry about that, everybody.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 14, 2016
Kobe got too hot for the Twitter servers.
Did we miss anything?— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 14, 2016