Almost two years ago, I wrote a log file viewer that asynchronously tails a log file & updates a inside a a page.Â As a courtesy to other engineers, I posted about it. The funny thing about that is, although it is one of my most widely viewed posts, there are only a few comments.Â This leads me to conclude that the highly technical software engineers who’ve arrived at the post via a search are very interested in learning how I’ve done it (check here for the post & you’ll see an explanation, the source code & a working example), but they aren’t interested in having a conversation.Â Someone else1 pointed out that Google searches dropped off dramatically during Obama’s Inauguration, while both Twitter & Facebook usage skyrocketed.Â This elicits the position that search is not a social application; it is performed as & when needed purely for information.Â I’m fascinated by the very real anecdotal evidence of this in my own server logs.
For those who’ve been around me for more than a few minutes, you know that I like to be silly, enjoy a great diversity of music, have deep loyalty to family & friends, know a bit about technology, and have strong opinions on almost everything (just ask me).
I didn’t take it – I swear. I was nowhere near that server. Tags: twitter
Dear Ev, Frankly I’m baffled.Â As I type this, Twitter is throwing a 503 error back to twitterific and is showing the newly idiotic “Something is technically wrong” web page at the home URL.Â This is the morning after yet another period of system maintenance or upgrades. Your goodwill is rapidly deteriorating.Â The service is notoriously unstable, and in fact just yesterday I saw someone begin advocating against depending upon Twitter for emergency communication.Â Why?Â Too undependable.Â This is quite a turn-around from the period during & after the San Diego fires, where Twitter was embraced by fire dept folks for use in just this type of situation.
Twitter – I like you.Â Really.Â But enough with the completely unstable platform already, ok?Â You have the money and buzz to get whatever is necessary to stabilize your service.Â Simply creating a new “Service is down” page ain’t cutting it. Someone else will figure out how to replace you if you don’t get this right very soon.Â Are you really off-line, like the 404 message indicates?Â Or is your load balancing solution giving up the ghost?
Twitter was off line long enough yesterday for me to notice (I variously rec’vd 500 pages as well as ‘Connection reset; server too busy’ pages). No mention of it in the 20 or so blogs I follow. The 500 error indicated a back-end problem; this wasn’t just a matter of too much front-door traffic. We’ve already seen the response to that in the form of the tweety-bird page. 500 errors are the server’s way of saying “Holy Shit.
Could be. My frequency of twitter updates has exceeded that of my blogging, which itself may not be a surprise. Blogging requires an effort easily an order of magnitude greater than tweeting. Exaggeration? I don’t think so, and I surmise that this ‘reduced friction’ has accelerated Twitter adoption. Tags: twiitter, blogging
While commenting on Paul Kedrosky’s post about Twitter, it occurred to me that my opinion of Twitter was changing right then – at that moment.