Twitter is… was… down…. 6th August 2009 #ddos

UPDATE and again on 7th August twitter is down - but now it seems intermittant, one minute there the next it is not- the fact I have noticed is worrying maybe I spend too much time on it?

OMG Twitter is down…. and more than the usual 30 minutes.. its been hours…

Twitter the social not-working site has now been down for several hours and the BBC and other are reporting that it is due to the site being spammed and causing a denial of service – this means that a co-ordinated attack has taken place to take the site ‘off the air’.
Now while this is an inconvience and it may have been done to orcestrate a ‘news blackout’ or just to show the ‘power’ some have over the web it does raise some interesting opportunities…

For example will productivity increase this afternoon?

Several sites have published lists about what to do now twitter is down – I like this one from techcrunch

  • Talk about Twitter being down on FriendFeed
  • Talk about Twitter being down on Facebook
  • Talk about Twitter being down over IM
  • Leave a comment on a blog post about Twitter being down (preferably this one)
  • Talk about Twitter being down via text message
  • Talk about Twitter being down over email
  • Tip TechCrunch that Twitter is down
  • Write your own blog post about Twitter being down (for an example, see this blog post)
  • Talk about Twitter being down on Pownce Plurk
  • Talk about Twitter being down on Identi.ca
  • Talk about Twitter being down internally on Yammer
  • Think about Twitter being down
  • Call an actual friend to talk about Twitter being down
  • Invite an actual friend over to talk about Twitter being down
  • Go outside

or maybe.. just maybe… do some work…. decisions decisions

 

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