Is Twitter Toast?

    June 19, 2008
    WebProNews Staff

Self-titled "Social Applications Guru," Jesse Stay, on his StayNAlive blog, suggests its time to charge up the defibrillators* for Twitter. The reason: Third-party developers are bailing out due to Twitter’s continuous technical problems.

By following trends he sees among developers at the Twitter Development Talk discussion thread at Google Groups, Stay predicts that once developers go, users won’t be far behind.

One developer cites Twitter’s frequent down time and the unreliability of Twitter APIs. Stay pulls a gem of a typo-filled quote from Twitter developer Alex Payne, who says by their metrics, Twitter has "been pretty solid over the last few days."

Another developer responded that "pretty solid" for a "few days" doesn’t do much to boost his confidence.

Twitter’s not Google, but just imagine if the best Google could do suddenly was for-the-most-part work right between Monday and Thursday. I think the whole Internet might just crack open and release the enslaved demonic forces** running the thing into the brick-and-mortar world.

I’m not sure I believe Stay’s prediction that Twitterers will soon abandon ship, though. I still like it, and continue to check it and update it from time to time. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be the end of my world if it wasn’t there. I guess you could say I’m kind of neutral about it. 

*These would be called Tweetibrillators?
**Disclaimer: I don’t really think enslaved demonic forces power the Internet. They’re too busy playing roller derby in Dick Cheney’s head.