The company said sorry to its 250 million users in a status blog, saying it had encountered "unexpected complications" during "a planned deploy in one of our core services."
The outage began around 11 a.m. Pacific time and service had "fully recovered" by 11:47 a.m., the San Francisco-based company said. The stock rose as much as 3.7 percent before Twitter confirmed the glitch, but gave up most of the gains to end 0.25 percent higher.
It was a little embarrassing for Twitter co-founder Biz Stone who had just taken to the stage in Austin, Texas, to speak at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, the annual gathering of tech enthusiasts that helped propel Twitter to national fame in 2007.
Twitter crashed briefly on March 2 during the Academy Awards, when the company's infrastructure was overwhelmed by a flood of tweets and retweets from people with absolutely no life about a "selfie" featuring Oscar show host Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities.
Twitter, which always had a few reliability issues, invested heavily in improving its site reliability before it went public in November 2013. Looks like that was dosh well spent.