Scripting News for 1/31/2008

Why does Twitter go down? 

Over the last 24 hours Twitter has been down as much as it’s been up. As always this gives us a reason to think about what the world would be like without Twitter and then those of us who are engineers or would-be engineers, start thinking about ways to fix the problem, whatever it is.

The Twitter folk say that the recent problems are related to an infrastructure overhaul. Of course I believe them, I take it at face-value. I think the MacWorld Expo outage was about traffic, I don’t think last night’s Republican debate took Twitter down.

Anyway, I’d like to really understand what’s going on behind the scenes at Twitter, Inc. They say they’re confident the new infrastructure will hold up better, I’d like to understand why. Can we have a meeting, with a few people from the tech community who actively use Twitter and a few people from the company, to be briefed on what’s going on. The same way the President briefs Congress when there’s some kind of international crisis.

Twitter wouldn’t exist without its users. Everyone wants to know what’s going on. Let’s have some real honest direct communication?

PS: I was going to post a link to this on Twitter, but arrrrgh!

PPS: I’d like to try the Jabber interface. Does anyone have a server I could have an account on. Yes, I know Gmail is a Jabber server, but I want to run scripts against it, and they use interfaces my scripting environment doesn’t support.

Who is Gore for? 

David Weinberger asks a question I’ve been wondering about, who does Al Gore endorse for President in 2008?

Micro-Digg, oy — honeypot for idiots 

I should have known…

The idiots want to rule the Reddit I started for Scripting News readers. I couldn’t figure out how to delete it, and while trying, I deleted my account, so forget the experiment, and if anyone at Reddit is listening, could you please delete it for me. (I sent an email but there was no response.)

Still diggin! 🙂

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