Using twitter as an outage notification (was : Fire, Power loss at Fisher Plaza in Seattle)

Brandon Galbraith brandon.galbraith at
Tue Jul 7 20:28:33 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 3:24 PM, Mikael Abrahamsson<swmike at> wrote:
> On Tue, 7 Jul 2009, Marshall Eubanks wrote:
>> In a real crisis, redundancy rules.
> ... and simplicity.
> It's always "fun" when those outages pages rely on sql backends etc, so
> they're capable of tens or hundreds of users, so they look fine normally.
> When an outage happens and people really need the information and want it,
> things stop working.
> I've been advocating a distributed system with static HTML pages being
> generated and pushed out when things change. Huge load capability, you can
> put it anycasted at multiple IXes so it's geographically and ISP
> larger ISPs can even request to get their own mirror. Keeping it simple.
> No takers yet though, people seem to have too much confidence in
> complicated, centralized, nice looking solutions.
> --
> Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at

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