Twitter is down! Can life go on?

At the time of this post Twitter has been down for 60 minutes. The Twitter Status site says there are site availability issues:

We are experiencing site availability issues — additional latency and errors — this morning. We’re working to address these issues.

A mere 60 minutes can seem like a life time for those who live online, especially, for a service like Twitter. That’s an hour of frustration and aggravation some folks will never get back.

Just think of what you are missing!

Now think about what you are really missing? Maybe you’re missing a chance at self-promotion by tweeting: something clever, a blog post, a business proposal, breaking news, etc. Or maybe you’re missing these tweets from others. How can anyone stand it?

The nerve of Twitter!

How can Twitter deprive everyone of a free service just because they have some unforeseeable problems? What gives them the right? If twitter is not back up today will we see Weird Al leading a protest in the streets blasting the must to I Want My MTV singing:

I want my Twitter feed!

Funny thing, Twitter. It allows people, somewhat anonymously, to give the world a piece of their mind. It also gives the perfect opportunity to be misunderstood in 140 characters or easily ignore replies. That’s part of what makes it interesting, sometimes fun and sometimes irritating.

While “real” interaction does take place on Twitter, what does it really take the place of?

What does your reaction to Twitter being down say about you? What does it say about your priorities? Upon personal reflection what does it say about any area of life that may be affected? Is the problem really Twitter or you?

Full disclosure: I’m guilty. I like twitter.

tagged as in Culture,Humor

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1 FlameGurl June 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Twitter being down doesn’t really affect me. I don’t quite understand the allure of this medium. Now if Facebook was down, you’d see me in quite a mess I’m sure! I have a Twitter account but never really got into it. Facebook seems to do it all for me and seems easier to have a real conversation on, public or private, while Twitter just seems to lack a certain something. Maybe I just don’t get it, I’m willing to admit that. 🙂

2 Mark June 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I resisted Twitter for a while. I thought it was stupid. Now I’m stupid.

BTW, you can just replace “Twitter” with “Facebook” or with whatever you like to find other things that consume your time. 🙂

3 Carla Rolfe June 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Carrie 🙂 (if FB were down, I’d hear you all the way in Ontario, I’m certain of it!)

I must be really weird, because I am honestly not bothered at all when any of it goes down. I like twitter too, FB, chat, email, blogs, etc., but they aren’t first and foremost in my life, you know? When it all goes down, I just fold laundry or find something else to do around the house. There’s always something to do around the house (or outside… you know, that place with awesome, life-like graphics?) to keep you busy.

4 FlameGurl June 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I actually use my Facebook for planning many real-life interactions and strengthening relationships with people who I don’t have the opportunity to see in Real Life very often if at all. I’ve used Facebook to find the phone #’s to call friends who live far away and find it a very useful tool to promote Real Life relationships rather than avoid them. I know that not everyone uses their Facebook this way, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Yes I am addicted and might freak out if it were down for an hour or more. hehehe

5 Carla June 10, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Carrie, I think its awesome you use FB that way. More people should. As a tool instead of a crutch, you know?


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