Using twitter as an outage notification

Roland Perry lists at
Sun Jul 5 13:19:20 UTC 2009

In article <20090705113248.GP1499 at>, Matthew Palmer 
<mpalmer at> writes
>There are web hosting providers whose 18c/year hosting plans can't handle a
>few thousand requests to a static page over a period of maybe 15 minutes
>without falling over?  The mind boggles.

Apparently so. Of course, they could be deliberately throttled, rather 
than run on inherently low-bandwidth kit. Which raises the issue of 
whether such throttling schemes should take account of short bursts.
Roland Perry

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