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Twitter Down, World Stops

Today Twitter went down at 14:00 (2 PM) Pacific for sched­uled main­te­nance. During that time, the world stopped for many Twitter users–and not just for the no-life, shut-in kind of Twitter users.

Users were alert­ed to the im­pend­ing out­age days be­fore via tweet, and all day of the out­age via the Twitter user in­ter­face. No one re­al­ly thought it would be a big deal. But it is.

Chris Brogan:

I’m scan­ning blogs in Google Reader, and I find this ar­ti­cle about giv­ing good re­turn on at­ten­tion. I like it. I hit Shift+S to share it via Google read­er, which push­es it along to FriendFeed, which con­nects to my Facebook, but then, I de­cide to share it in Twitter, and I re­al­ize we’re in sched­uled downtime.

The mo­ment I re­al­ize this, I get itchy. I want to share. I want to ex­change in­for­ma­tion. I want to see whether peo­ple find that in­for­ma­tion use­ful. That last part’s the big one: did some­one see the tweet, find it in­ter­est­ing, and retweet it or share it in some oth­er way?

I share Chris’s frus­tra­tion. At this very mo­ment I have nu­mer­ous tabs of in­ter­est­ing con­tent sit­ting im­po­tent, wait­ing to be shared with my fol­low­ers via Twitter. Even as my in­box fills up with alerts about new posts and com­ments on Facebook, where on­ly an hour ago those no­tices came from Twitter, I stare help­less­ly at my open tabs, un­able to share, un­able to con­tribute to the community!

Kitty Florido

Thinking it’s fun­ny [Facebook] is now serv­ing as the back­up place to post tweets…

Erica OGrady:

Haha – so where shall the uber-connected geeks like us run? Plurk? Facebook? Friendfeed? FourSquare? Maybe grab a book or take a walk?

Melanie Phung

Not that I can’t live with­out Twitter (I can quit any­time I want to, hon­est!), but se­ri­ous­ly who does “sched­uled main­te­nance” right smack in the mid­dle of the day? It’s just not the same on Facebook.

Now that FriendFeed is dri­ven large­ly by Twitter oAuth lo­gins, it can’t func­tion well while Twitter is down ei­ther. With the demise of Twitter ri­vals Pownce and Rejaw, there are no use­ful mi­croblog­ging ser­vices that can serve as Twitter back­ups. Facebook, it seems, is the geeks’ back­up so­cial me­dia, al­beit reluctantly.

In a world that is in­creas­ing­ly be­com­ing de­fined by 140 char­ac­ters, is there life with­out Twitter? Has it be­come “I tweet, there­fore I am”? And, if one can­not tweet, does one there­fore no longer exist?

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1 Response

  1. Melanie says:

    Whoa, got­ta say that find­ing my FB com­ments quot­ed on someone’s web­site is kin­da creepy. With Twitter I ex­pect that, Facebook not so much. But since I’m quot­ed, can I at least get a link to my site? ;)

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