Venmo, the popular app used for sending payments among friends, apparently crashed last night sometime after the Super Bowl. Anytime an app crashes, you have to suspect one of two things: maybe it was hacked, or maybe there are too many people using it at the same time. It seems the latter is the more plausible case here and, as Mashable noticed, several folks on Twitter expressed why that might have happened.
The consensus, which was not entirely confirmed by Venmo, is that people around the U.S. may have all been sending one another money to settle their bets, pay off their boxes and other gambling exchanges during the Big Game. With millions of people using Venmo at the same time, it’s plausible this would have caused the crash. Seems to make sense to us, too, especially when you consider the service might not have been just about settling gambling debts, but sending money for pizza, soda, loaded nachos and other edibles.
Venmo didn’t confirm what caused the issues but provided a hint in a Tweet with the hashtag #sb50. Seems more than likely it was indeed related to the big game. The service should be up and operating again.
Update: Here’s Venmo’s official response, provided by a spokesperson:
“Last night, we experienced a temporary disruption in service due to high volume, which prevented some users from being able to use Venmo. Our engineers worked to address the issue as quickly as possible, but in the meantime, we encouraged all Venmo users to follow our Twitter handle (@Venmo) for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience. ”
Our payments are experiencing some slowness but we're working hard on a fix. Hang tight! #sb50
— Venmo (@venmo) February 8, 2016