I don’t use Twitter all that much. However, since I am at the Business of Software conference, I decided to participate. The hashtag is #BoS2009. At first it was interesting, although alot of the content was mundane. It was just repeating what the person said. I downloaded TweetDeck to try it in a different context.
Almost immediately, I noticed things going wrong. The tweets wouldn’t update. I did a search for the hashtag and I got the famous fail whale. This means that Twitter is failing. Apparently, this happens ALOT. Twitter fails a serious amount of the time.
I am really surprised by this. It means they are vulnerable to someone else eating their lunch. Here is how I think it will go down.
Imagine a day when we all have Google Wave accounts. If we did, I would never suggest using Twitter for this conference. I would use a Google wave instead. Hell, I would even have a different wave for each speaker. This would be much more interesting because the content is threaded.
So, I understand the pull of Twitter. It doesn’t suck if it actually stayed up. However, I sorta gave up based on the fail whale. How many other people gave up too?