It recovered right away, bounced again at 12:05 UTC, and appears to be OK for the moment. This appears to be the same issue we found in March: http://bit.ly/9d7jSB Network operations is looking into this issue.
Be sure that your streaming client looks for keep-alives. If neither data nor keep-alive is detected for about 90 seconds -- 3 keep-alive cycles, assume that the connection has been left high-and-dry and reconnect. During normal operations, if your connection is dropped, you'll receive a TCP CLOSE or TCP RESET. When this unusual load balancer situation develops, existing connections are just ignored. Load balancers are wonderful, until the instant they are awful. -John Kalucki http://twitter.com/jkalucki Infrastructure, Twitter Inc.