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  • Use Twiddict For Those Inevitable Twitter Downtimes

    Use Twiddict For Those Inevitable Twitter Downtimes

    Good ideas are flying in for dealing with a Twitter that has been put on life support to try to keep a pulse going through the Apple WWDC keynote event later this morning. Watch the news on the Summize Apple search page, and if the service goes down, hop on over to Twiddict, which will post your messages to Twitter right away if the service is live, or will queue them up and hold them until the… Read More

  • Twitter Partners With Summize to Cover Apple News

    Twitter Partners With Summize to Cover Apple News

    For those of you who just can’t wait to hear the latest Apple news this morning as it breaks (our live on the scene coverage begins at 8 am PST): Twitter is partnering with Summize to show all twitters that contain the words “wwdc,” “apple,” “iphone” or “steve jobs.” Twitter is promoting this heavily on every Twitter page with “Apple fan? Read More

  • Twitter Tempts Fate

    Twitter tempts fate in a big way: tomorrow will be a day that they do not get kicked in the face over yet another outage, they say in a blog post. They outline two lines of defense in preparation for a big wave of Twitter usage around the Steve Jobs/Apple WWDC Keynote: “We’ve moved much of the load off our database by utilizing more memcache, employing more read-slave servers, and by… Read More

  • Twitter Suffers Minor Period Of Uptime

    Twitter suffered a minor period of uptime last night between database failures. Everything seems back to normal now. Perhaps somebody returned that lost database to them. Please, Twitter, I beg you. Bring Blaine back. Read More

  • Hey Twitter, Maybe It's Better Not To Share Absolutely Everything

    Hey Twitter, Maybe It's Better Not To Share Absolutely Everything

    Ok, I love the new, improved and more communicative Twitter as much as everyone else (even if their uptime woes continue to get worse). The fact that Twitter recently launched a status blog to communicate performance issues tells me they’re serious about acting more like a grown up startup. But notifying us that they’ve “Lost a database” may be sharing too much. Or perhaps… Read More

  • Add Google Reader, Techmeme, and TechCrunch Tabs to FriendFeed

    Add Google Reader, Techmeme, and TechCrunch Tabs to FriendFeed

    Who knew Duncan Riley was such a Greasemonkey? My former colleague just made FriendFeed a lot more useful for people on Firefox. Using Greasemonkey, an add-on to Firefox that lets developers customize Webpages through the browser, he created some scripts that add tabs to FriendFeed and that make it even more of a super start page than it already is. He got the idea from this app called FriendFeed… Read More

  • Hey Twitter I Have A Few Questions Too

    Hey Twitter I Have A Few Questions Too

    Lately Twitter has been cleaning house, raising money, doing interviews and actually talking to users. In a blog post last week they did a Q&A session, directly answering questions about Twitter’s architecture. So I have a couple of questions, too, based on a couple of discussions I’ve had with people who say they’ve seen Twitter’s architecture. Is it true that you only… Read More

  • Scoble Interviews Twitter Founders Evan Willams and Biz Stone

    Robert Scoble just finished a half hour interview with Twitter Founders Evan Willams and Biz Stone. The two are surprisingly candid about the scaling problems the service has had since, oh, it launched two years ago. “The fact that people are frustrated is a sign that we built something people care about,” says Williams a few minutes in. I agree, but that’s no way to run a… Read More

  • Oh No He Didn't

    Oh No He Didn't

    Blaine Cook, the former Chief Architect of Twitter, takes a shot at his former company today complaining, of all things, Twitter downtime. The only trouble is, the feature he’s complaining about hasn’t failed, it’s been taken down by Twitter along with other measures to reduce overall stress on the platform. The same platform that Blaine built and that is occasionally seen live… Read More

 
  • Blame FriendFeed

    Robert Scoble. Blame FriendFeed. Steve Rubel. Blame FriendFeed. The Shel puppet. Blame FriendFeed. Dave Winer. Blame FriendFeed. Etc. FriendFeed is a parasite service built on the back of Twitter. Let’s get this straight. No Twitter, no FriendFeed. Want to kill FriendFeed, as I certainly do? Cut off its oxygen. Take a page from Facebook’s incompetent UnFriend Connect gambit and refuse… Read More

  • FriendFeed Still Has a Lot of Killing to Do

    FriendFeed Still Has a Lot of Killing to Do

    With Twitter down all the time, the super-early adopters are getting frustrated and looking to FriendFeed as their salvation. Duncan (over at Inquisitr now) argues that it is time for FriendFeed to kill Twitter. And Jason Kaneshiro at Webomatica already has FriendFeed Fever. He thinks it can not only replace Twitter, but also Facebook, Google Reader, and Digg! FriendFeed certainly has a lot of… Read More

  • Twitter At Scale: Will It Work?

    Twitter At Scale: Will It Work?

    Only two days ago the contact messaging application Twitter suffered another bout of downtime, leaving some users frustrated and others asking why the platform continues to suffer problems. I have recently spoken to an individual who is familiar with the technical problems at Twitter as well as the challenges that lay ahead for the startup. He re-iterated his belief that the problems lay not with… Read More

  • Highly Likely Rumor: Twitter Closes Third Round Of Financing From Spark Capital

    Highly Likely Rumor: Twitter Closes Third Round Of Financing From Spark Capital

    Twitter has closed their third round of financing, says Om Malik. He pegs it at a $15 million raise at around an $80 million valuation, but doesn’t know the investor. We (and others I’m sure) have been tracking the same story, and it’s pretty clear the new investor is Spark Capital. A source says Twitter signed a term sheet with Spark Capital a couple of weeks ago, and Spark… Read More

  • Get Satisfaction's Ear on the Twittersphere

    Get Satisfaction's Ear on the Twittersphere

    When Michael’s internet went down last month, he vented his frustration on Twitter. And lo and behold, Comcast actually saw his tweet, reached out to him, and proactively worked to solve his problem. Comcast is unusual in its embrace of the Twittersphere, however, since it actually has someone dedicated to putting out fires there before they tarnish its brand too much. Not all companies have… Read More

  • Twitter: Something Is Technically Wrong

    Twitter: Something Is Technically Wrong

    Their words, not mine. I’ve mostly stopped bothering to post when Twitter is down like it is now and like it was yesterday (honestly, it’s news when they keep the site live for 24 hours at this point). But, seriously, they need to get their act together. It’s past embarrassing. Rumor is they’ve closed their big round of funding and things are all high fives over there, but… Read More

  • Twitter: Now as powerful as the Clapper

    If you can’t get enough of Twitter why not try Twitter-enabling your home? By connecting his cellphone with his Twitter account, Justin Wickett has created what amounts to a remote switch triggered by Twitter messages. By using a simple program he was able to connect SmartHome’s INSTEON switches to the Internet and control them with a ping from Twitter. Read More

  • Twitter: Now As Powerful as "The Clapper"

    Twitter: Now As Powerful as "The Clapper"

    Control Lights with Twitter from Justin on Vimeo. If you can’t get enough of Twitter why not try Twitter-enabling your home? By connecting his cellphone with his Twitter account, Justin Wickett has created what amounts to a remote switch triggered by Twitter messages. Read more…… Read More

  • Blaine Cook Joins Today's Gillmor Gang, Talks Twitter

    He was pretty careful about what he would and wouldn’t talk about, but former Twitter Chief Architect Blaine Cook bravely faced the Gillmor Gang today to talk about the challenges facing Twitter, the feasibility of a decentralized Twitter competitor, and other Twitter related issues. The timing is perfect, as big media is starting to take notice of Twitter and its passionate users. Google… Read More

  • Twitter for Music

    Twitter for Music

    Twitter is an efficient technology for spreading and harvesting concise ideas. Unfortunately, it’s not so great for sharing rich media. Want to broadcast a video? You’ll have to settle for a TinyURL to YouTube, or maybe switch over to Seesmic altogether. Pownce improves on the Twitter model by supporting file transfers and at least one new data type: the structured event. It also… Read More