By Tom Z
11:41 AM EST, January 22, 2013
Obama’s inauguration yesterday saw a million people show up at the Washington mall, but it was even more popular on Twitter, where mass tweeting caused the site to break. Twitter buckled under intense traffic and was out of commission most of the day. Even Twitter’s help page was broken. Reporters are calling it "an example of the President’s historical significance," "a sign of how people interact today" and "the only thing about Obama that's better now than in 2008." From gigaom.com:
The reported outage comes on Inauguration Day, when the company’s @gov account reported that it had 1.1 million inauguration-related tweets coming during the ceremony. In contrast, Twitter saw approximately 82,000 inauguration-related tweets in 2009, back when the company was still relatively new.
You know, there was a time when people got by without Twitter, and it wasn't the ‘50s. It was 2007. I don't know how we've become so addicted to technology in such a short period of time, but it happened, and it's sad. I don't except myself from this criticism, by the way. Yesterday I tried to get on Twitter for hours and kept getting error messages. I'll admit, after this happened a couple times I lost my cool. In fact, I got really angry. Alright, full disclosure, I ended up stripping down, running around downtown Hartford naked, screaming that the government was controlling our lives, and eventually stabbing a hobo who tried to approach me. But then Twitter started working again and I realized that it wasn't a big deal. We lost our precious connectivity for awhile, but everyone survived. Well, except for that hobo. In hindsight I handled that whole situation very poorly. But hey, life goes on. Again, except for the hobo.
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