Using twitter as an outage notification (was: Fire, Power loss at Fisher Plaza in Seattle)
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Sat Jul 4 14:43:16 UTC 2009
In article <F832A12A-0AED-4A01-955D-E24DCA6181C8 at americafree.tv>,
Marshall Eubanks <tme at americafree.tv> writes
>>>> That's a great idea, use some lame Web 2.0 trend to communicate with
>>>> actual real life customers. </sarcasm>
>>> I would assume they figured it was better than just remaining silent.
>> I'm about to recommend to an organisation that it [a twitter account]
>>is better than posting news of an outage on their low- volume website,
>>which will get swamped when too many people poll it for news.
>What if the outage takes out their website too ?
The website is hosted elsewhere, however the entire message can be
delivered in one Tweet, so there's no need to confirm by looking at a
>I don't think that their website was up, and I would guess that they
>didn't have email either. That is a bad situation to be in.
They don't plan to respond to email in real time.
>Note, BTW, that twitter itself is subject to frequent planned and
The question being, how often will they co-incide with the events I'm
trying to track?
fwiw, I've been using twitter for about three months now, and have never
encountered either kind of outage.
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