If London is the capital of Twitter, where does everyone go when Twitter is down?

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It’s ironic that the day London is declared the Capital of Twitter (or at least the largest critical mass of twitter users in one place) that Twitter goes down. So where did everyone go as an alternative?

So used am I to Twitter and Tweetdeck that I suddenly found myself trying to use Facebook like Twitter. Instead of replying to the comments on my Facebooks status update that I was suddenly back in Facebook after a long time away – I found myself wanting to create more status updates and @reply individuals. Not possible.

I then tried Friendfeed. In theory everyone I subscribe to on Twitter is there because I loaded the people I follow into the site a while back – but the place was oddly quiet apart from a few from a few geeks I’d expect to find there. I also found I could recognise almost no-one on Friendfeed in the way that I can routinely recognise people I follow on Twitter – even people I don;t interact with that mush. The mashing up of Flickr friends, Facebook, Twitter and Gmail contacts has turned it into a mess and actually quite unusable for the main reason I use Twitter – which is to communicate in public about stuff I’m thinking about or working on.

In other words FriendFeed is now a vessel for Twitter to be poured into. If anything Facebook retains its status as a real-time platform, as least from this user’s perspective. I certainly had more response from my Facebook friends to the news of Twitter’s Failwhale that on Friendfeed, but then it’s a better known platform in London.

And another thing – I suddenly miss short URLs! Who knew I’d miss that!?

On thing about Facebook though – reading realtime status updates is hard with the current design they have. Friendfeed’s design is cleaner. But give me back my Twitter!

  • http://somoagency.com Carl Uminski

    Mike – great timing with this post, exactly what I did… but then Facebook appeared to be having issues as well… are the valley datacentre’s grinding to a halt?

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher
    • http://uk.techcrunch.com/author/milo-yiannopoulos/ Milo Yiannopoulos

      It seems like the whole internet is borked today – I can’t even send email at the moment, and this page took over a minute to load. Will my comment appear? Who knows…

  • chirdeep

    At least now I know what is wrong. Seemed very odd – but did think it was something like a DoS attack as there is no fail whale either. Hope they can cope with it. Yahoo took about a day + or recover

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    There’s also traffic spillover to other site when suddenly high use sites go down. It’s a domino effect. Kinda.

  • http://www.amandarose.com Amanda Rose

    I #blamedrewscancer.

  • chirdeep

    And it’s back up – well hello Twitter

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danvers_Baillieu/727182253 Danvers Baillieu

    I just assumed people weren’t tweeting that much today and got on with some work then went for coffee. When I came back, it all seemed to be working again.

    In other news, the earth is still spinning.

  • http://www.bootlaw.com Danvers

    I just assumed people weren’t tweeting that much today and got on with some work then went for coffee. When I came back, it all seemed to be working again.

    In other news, the earth is still spinning.

  • http://www.bootlaw.com Danvers

    On the other hand, Facebook Connect ain’t that smooth on here at the moment…

  • Mike

    Posts like this make me so happy not to have a Twitter account.

  • http://purkiss.com Steve Purkiss

    Well in answer to your question, I came here to have a chuckle at the headline ;)

    Seriously though, after seeing some of the life-saving applications of twitter and a while back a distributed twitter in only a few lines of code, it’s a shame there’s such a gap between what gets funded and what is Good.

  • Tim

    I thought everyone just went to the pub when things go wrong? Maybe that was just me then.

  • http://www.ukstevieb.com/2009/08/07/steviebs-shared-items-august-7-2009/ StevieB’s Shared Items – August 7, 2009 at Lost in Cyberspace

    […] If London is the capital of Twitter, where does everyone go when Twitter is down?August 6, 2009 […]

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim_Morgan/516162212 Tim Morgan

    When Twitter was down, I actually done some work LOL!

    • wendy

      YES, YES and YES; work I forgot what you’re all about :)

  • http://www.stradbrokeadvisors.com Inma Martinez

    I thought the Yankees got pissed off for losing to London and shut us down

  • http://blog.kashflow.com Duane Jackson

    I blogged about Twitter being down. Then realised I couldn’t pimp the blog post on Twitter so it wouldn’t get seen much.

    So I decided to do some real world stuff and bought the whole office icecreams instead.

    Joy.

  • http://www.weegoh.com Antonio Peña

    maybe weegoh.com
    Weegoh is a web and mobile application that allows users to explore places, events and people around them in real time.

    Considering the explosive growth of realtime social messaging and mobile cellphones, especially in emerging economies, a young startup from a developing nation is taking a revolutionary step forward in providing a solution that brings together both worlds; realtime messaging and contextual real proximity.

    Currently, Weegoh lets users know more about what’s going on nearby, where their friends are, what interesting events are happening around them, and to connect with friends while on the go.

    On Weegoh users can:

    * Share their current location and find what is going on around them
    * Publish messages, photos, videos or comments to other services
    * Discover new places and people nearby.

    “For us, weegoh is more than a way to pinpoint your and friend’s location on a map. We think many companies are just mashing up a ‘map application’, and placing points over it. Instead, Weegoh provides a social context to your surroundings” affirms Christian Hentschel, co-founder of Weegoh.

    The new features being deployed with this open beta release include:

    1. A mobile and WAP site: m.weegoh.com
    2. Updates via an IM bot
    3. Updates via e-mail

    Although Weegoh was created in Argentina and they are quickly establishing a strong presence all over Latin America, their goal is to expand globally and meet the needs of the U.S., European and Asian markets. “In order to increase the ubiquity of weegoh, we are also developing the iPhone, Android and Java Application” said Hentschel in regards to the future of weegoh.

  • http://sarahhartley.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/links-for-2009-08-10/ links for 2009-08-10 « Sarah Hartley

    […] If London is the capital of Twitter, where does everyone go when Twitter is down? In other words FriendFeed is now a vessel for Twitter to be poured into. If anything Facebook retains its status as a real-time platform, as least from this user’s perspective. I certainly had more response from my Facebook friends to the news of Twitter’s Failwhale that on Friendfeed, but then it’s a better known platform in London. […]

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