It’s been another week of increasing visibility for everybody’s favorite microblogging tool, Twitter. Monday’s Daily Show Twitter piece was hilarious but before that came the Nightline, Charlie Rose, and Olbermann segments below. Always funny hearing about “tweeting” in a serious news context. But there’s nothing funny about Twitter.
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UPDATE: Ping.fm’s Sean McCullough posted in GetSatisfaction that the problem is indeed a mess-up by — wait for it — GoDaddy. The Ping bots are still at work behind the scenes for users with bookmarklets, etc.
The ever-popular multi-microblog posting site Ping.fm is currently showing up as a GoDaddy spam page (see screenshot). I presume this is a temporary mistake as I’ve seen nothing indicating otherwise and I know the Ping.fm guys to be responsible Web 2.0ers who wouldn’t accidentally let their domain name lapse… what could it be? Am I just up too late and spying a late-night migration?
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My Twitter usage has ramped up consistently since I first registered in late 2006. But now, one of the most exciting adventures about it is this: in what ways will Twitter fail today? For the past three months, Twitter users have grown accustomed to daily instances of “stress,” “overload,” faulty API limits exceeded, and random appearances of the now infamous fail whale. Many have forecast the demise of Twitter as if it is reminiscent of the second Web bubble itself and even while the weekend bitchmeme virtually handed the king-of-all-internets crown from Twitter to Friendfeed over the weekend, it’s just not so. Twitter isn’t going away and neither are it’s users. And that’s after many weeks of people like me wondering why and how we still manage to put up with a service that reminds us on a regular basis that we really don’t (or rather, can’t) depend on addictive web 2.0 tools wholly and exclusively. Perhaps it’s that reminder that we appreciate the most.
This morning’s Twitter fail is: I saw nothing at http://twitter.com/home until a few refreshes delivered Andrew Mager‘s latest tweet as distributed via ping.fm. Twhirl is experiencing API limit exceeded after only a few minutes operation which is indubitably bogus. The sharp, new Tweetdeck even quit delivering new tweets 20 minutes ago.
Could this be the long-awaited rebirth of Twitter as stable application day? We can only hope so.
U.C. Berkeley student’s Twitter messages alerted world to his arrest in Egypt – San Jose Mercury News
Buck, 29, a former Oakland Tribune multimedia intern, used the ubiquitous short messaging service to tap out a single word on his cellular phone: ARRESTED. The message went out to the cell phones and computers of a wide circle of friends in the United States and to the mostly leftist, anti-government bloggers in Egypt who are the subject of his graduate journalism project.
The next day, he walked out a free man with an Egyptian attorney hired by UC Berkeley at his side and the U.S. Embassy on the phone.
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