Friday, August 7, 2009

No Tweets for the Tweety

It's the day after The Great Twitter Outage and reports are coming in from all over that many of the world's 45 million 140-character-blogging characters didn't take the experience very well.

Some were so addled that ran an article with the headline, "Twitter blackout left users feeling 'jittery,'naked.'"

An article on was titled, "Twitter Outage Spotlights 'Addiction to Social Media Crack.'" In it, Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics and a blog of the same name, says, "Yesterday showed that people are the social media crack. You shut this thing down and it shows you, by the way people reacted, that there's been a fundamental shift in the way people communicate. People have carved out time in their day, their hours, for this."

On my own little tour of the Tweetersphere, to see how everyone is fairing today, I didn't see too much anxiety or post-traumatic stress. (Maybe that won't show itself for years or decades.) Mostly, I just found anger at the alleged hacker who caused the whole ordeal. Many were annoyed that they had to reinstall TinyTwitter on their BlackBerrys.

Oh, the humanity.

Fortunately, there are also those who saw the humor in the event. "Twitter API Outage Caused Massive Boost in Kit Kat Sales," joked one developer.

I guess there's a valuable lesson to be learned here:

Those who Twitter may also have to Twiddle (their thumbs).


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