For the past couple of days, I’ve not been alone in noticing that my Twitter timeline has been acting strangely. Where are all the Tweets from the people I follow? Has everyone stopped Tweeting? Hmmm… Apparently not. CNET have also weighed in on the issue. [Matthew Ingram also points out the irony of the situation – and Jeff Nolan points out that the Web2.0 conference is due to start in San Francisco in 2 days – they’d better fix this soon, or the darlings of SXSW07 will have a plate of egg on their faces, no doubt!]
For some reason, Tweets from people I follow just don’t appear any more. I know they’re posting – my fiancee (who I met via Twitter), sat next to me has posted recently, as I can see when I visit her page, but they don’t appear on my friends timeline.
I have been increasingly using Twitter to stay connected to loads of people who I know personally and virtually. It’s like a lifeline to the world, which I have come to rely on.
But now I feel completely disconnected and in the dark.
Now sure, sites have problems now and then, but the worst thing about this situation is that the people from Twitter have not acknowledged the problem on their blog, or on their ‘Twitter Status‘ stream. [Maybe they have and I just can’t see the updates.] – update : ok, there is a day old post about the issue now.
After reading another post on this subject, I see that someone from the company has posted the reason for the outage on some ‘get satisfaction’ forum which I’ve never heard of. Something to do with the caching system apparently.
Twitter is a communication platform – so come on Twitter!! COMMUNICATE WITH US!
A quick look at all the Twitter streams of the Twitter staff shows that they’re all busy partying in one way of another. Grrrr.
There appears to be a way to ‘fix’ the problem – someone has even written a web app to automate the process – by unfollowing an refollowing people to make their Tweets reappear on your timeline. This seemed to work for a while, but then Tweets just vanish again. Very annoying. Also, this method would resend the email alerts to the people you’re ‘fixing’ which is also annoying and confusing.
So, what do we do? Wait? Hope? Wonder? There are a few million of us in the same boat here. What shall we do? Jump ship and try Jaiku or Pownce?