Usually I only have to click 8 or 10 times. Usually by then I realize that I didn't really need to see it anyway.
Previously, previously, previously, previously.
That has literally never happened to me. I wonder what is different about your setup (almost everything I imagine). If that was a common occurrence, you would think more people would be talking about it.
Either way, it must be very frustrating.
It's only frustrating in that these chumps are effectively the ones in charge of the nuclear launch codes.
Ok, now THAT is a scary thought! Let's just keep twitter as a "virtual" dumpster fire please. 8)
That literally happens every time I open a link in Firefox on Android.
This nehavior startet at least two years ago and did not change over multiple Android devices and versions.
The only way to "fix" it that works for me (owning a Twitter account does not work for me) is logging in.
If I'm not logged in, I find that reloading the whole page context, instead of using their 'Try Again' button, can get it to show on the next try (admittedly with a non-zero number of fails to subsequent page reloading).
This works for me as well, after seeing the same behavior with the dumb Try Again button. I ignore it and just hit refresh.
I believe (no evidence) that this is an anti-fraud measure gone wrong. They are likely doing some kind of bot detection in JS.
This happens to me literally every time I get a long from someone.
I have after many many years of studies into the subject matter of links and linking and the possible reasons for why this problem occurs, given up my efforts to ever get an answer, and shamefully press F5 (or which other incantation a browser bestows upon the user) to reload the page where the link lives. It seems to please the demons.
I'm slowly starting to not even bother with even that.
Same deal with me – always on mobile (iOS). Not sure if it's punishment for using an ad blocker.
Happens to me every time too, in Chrome for Mac. And yes, between UBlock Origin, AdBlock Plus, and Privacy Badger, I'm sure I anger the referral-link gods.
(imagine being the god of referral links. Why is Terry Pratchett dead? Why??)
This has started happening to me recently, too. My workaround is to remove the "s=##" attribute from the end of the URL (which is annoying, anyway, since it hides most of the replies/threading).
This happens to me nearly all of the time if I click a link which opens it in Firefox (not signed in to any social media). But if I copy-paste it into Chrome (used only for social media) it works.
If you're just/mostly reading, you might try https://nitter.net/ ; they basically republish twitter by using the twitter API. They're privacy focused, and there may be a browser plugin to do an automatic redirect for you.
Seconded. I originally was using privacy redirect to avoid visiting youtube, but when I started getting the same "Something went wrong" error on my phone I installed it there, too. Now the twit loads a great deal faster and without errors, and I can't reply to it or get involved in an unrelated shit-flinging contest.
If you're using a web browser, something has gone wrong. You weren't meant to leave the app.
Twitter would love it if you would kindly just delete your browser, your Instagram app, your Facebook app, and any and all other things competing for your attention. If you want a vision of the future, imagine scrolling through an angry dump of hot takes - forever.
Clearly, Twitter knows it's you and this is their way of copying the BLINK option of this very blog... or maybe all the site's excess of "Nazi bullshit" and "anti-vaxxer bullshit" has finally reached critical mass within the system?
This happens to me all the time, even when I go directly to twitter instead of some rando tweet. I have to do a ctl-shift-R and that somehow fixes the problem.
This happens to me regularly and my guess is that it has something to do with Twitter fooling around with browser session magic?
If I click on a link to a tweet all by itself, it fails. But if I open a new tab, type in twitter dot com, let my (signed-in) main page load, then click on the link it will load as normal in its new tab.
Phew! It's not just me! Adding to the consistency of their top tier engineering, usually, clicking the Refresh at the bottom of the screen works first time.
individual tweets are known as "twats", not "twits", in the past tense. I shit, I shat, I tweet, I twat.
I mean, you've been telling people to quit their job at Twitter for years. Maybe it's working and they can no longer get good developers?
No longer? If ever.
It happens to me in Firefox when strict tracking protection is on.
Friggin same. Yet if I hit refresh it works. They are such chumps and I don't know what they're smoking.
When clicking a link on Android (Chrome) this happened every time. Refresh doesn't work, I have to manually hit the address bar again so that it'll load
I have to manually hit the address bar again, like an animal, so that it'll load.
Yet if I spent the day beating twitter developers with a wrench, somehow I'd be the bad guy....
Ain't a jury in the world gonna convict you, baby...
For whatever is worth, I have the exact same experience as jwz (down to the part when I don't care about the contents anymore).
Nothing that can be expressed in 240 characters is worth clicking 12 times. That's just science.
That's right up there with a website I discovered that makes an ajax request to load a piece of html containing the spinner to display while it's making ajax requests.
I get this often when I am using a VPN I have installed on a VM in a major cloud provider. I think they must block wide swaths of network to combat bots
Or -- as suggested by all the other people it's happening to -- they just suck at their jobs, and it has nothing to do with your VPN.
Those things are mutually exclusive?
Don't make me grab my wrench....
I had this, I had to turn off the tracking protection for the site.