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Twitter (is) was down for 3 hours (and counting…)

Due to the people I follow on Twitter it’s my number one news source, as I discussed in a previous blog post (here), so when twitter is down, as it has been now for the last 3 hours, I have to go to several news sites to get the information I need! As it happens, it was whilst browsing the New York Times Online that I saw a headline in their technology section about Twitter being down.

Put Twitter Down into Google and you get some interesting results:

The 1st news article, from InTheNews.co.uk states that Twitter has been taken down by the company themselves due to a coordinated attack which then leads to the actual source which is the official Twitter Blog which states We are defending against a denial-of-service attack, and will update status again shortly.

Ironically, as I am writing Twitter has come back online and Twitter now state on their blog: the site is back up, but we are continuing to defend against and recover from this attack.

Another result that Google threw up is IsTwitterDown.com which shows a hyperlink with the word No which takes you to the Amazon audio store and an MP3 download of the Kool and the Gang song Celebration!

The next result in Google is for this gem WhenTwitterIsDown.com which I’ll leave for your own amusement…

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So, I bought an iPhone 3GS

It’s been 2 week since I took possession of my 16GB iPhone 3GS so I thought I’d document my thoughts so far.

I’ve owned a 1st generation iPod Touch for the last 16 months so I was already familiar with the interface and functionality that the iPhone shares. The whole time I’ve had my iPod Touch I’ve thought how great it would be to have all this on my phone.

The one thing that stopped me getting the previous version was the lack of video recording and MMS, and no, I don’t want to jailbreak my iPhone. With a 14 month old son both these features are deal breakers and as soon as the 3GS was announced with both I knew it would only be a matter of time.

The phone feels gorgeous, and the first thing I noticed was just how fast it responded, the S certainly does stand for speed and is not just hot air marketing. I have 3G turned off too save the battery and this far I have found the roaming Internet speeds to be absolutely fine, of course at home I’m connecting via Wi-Fi.

The camera is far better than I expected, as is the video recording. Sending a photo out via email or MMS is just a click away, as is adding a photo to twitpic thanks to a great free app. I’m a Twitter addict (twitter.com/TweetingSteve) so being able to twitpic is important functionality for my phone, something the Nokia 5800 could do, but a lot more clunkily than the iPhone. Below is a photo I took last Saturday with my iPhone and sent to twitpic – the photo doesn’t do the size of the moth justice, it was 2 inches long, a beast!

King of Moths

King of Moths

The actual phone call quality, yes I do use it to call people too, is crystal clear – this is another area it beats my old 5800 in. SMS /texting is a treat, and something I’ve heard a few other people complain about – why?

Funny story time – last Thursday I was listening to a podcast in a traffic jam in my car and I picked up the iPhone, covering the left speaker. In doing so the sound all but disappeared, which I found strange as I thought it had a second speaker on the right. Thinking the right speaker wasn’t working I was all set to take it back. Thankfully I decided to Google the problem first, only to find out the ‘speaker’ on the right is actually the microphone – doh!

Anyway, at the time I thought I was going to be away from iPhone for a week or two while it get sent off to be repaired – that was a chilling thought and though I’d only had the phone for 7 days I couldn’t bare the thought of being without it!

The only thing I have to sort out now is a case. Most of the cases I seeing being talked about the moment; Incipio Feather and Griffin Reveal, seem to be great for scratch resistance but not if the iPhone is dropped. With a 14 month old running around I need that total protection solution – recommendations gratefully received.

In conclusion, the iPhone 3GS is everything I wanted and so much more. At this point I can’t see myself ever owning another phone again, just upgraded models of iPhone!

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The isolation of being offline

On Monday I had the great pleasure of getting home from work to find our internet was down. This happens from time to time and I figured it would be back in a few minutes. To my dismay dinner came and went, but still no internet.

I tried calling my broadband provider, Talk Talk, but their marvelous system led me down a route which concluded with me being cut off, on all 3 of my attempts!

At this point I started feeling very much like I was cut off from the outside world, not having been online since I left work 2.5 hours ago. There was an extenuating circumstance though; I had an eBay auction due to end which was of slightly modest value, at least compared to the other 99p listings that had ended earlier that day! To not be able to see its progress or see if there were any queries felt very limiting, and I didn’t like it!

There were also times where I would grab my iPod Touch or mobile phone (Nokia 5800) to Tweet, but alas, then I’d remember I had no internet connection. This did highlight my need to sign up for a web bolt-on for my mobile phone – with a 1 year old in the house we quite often check websites like babycentre.co.uk for advice.

In this day and age it’s not surprising to miss being online, but to the extent I experienced on Monday, well that was quote an eye opener and to just how attached to the internet I am. I’d say there is a definite possibility if me being addicted to Twitter!

The connection came back just as we were going to bed so I binged on Twitter updates, emails and eBay activity – it felt good!

As an aside this post is the first created on the iPod Touch WordPress application so I apologise for any spelling errors, I’ll check when I am at a computer next.

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Twitter – Number 1 for News

Follow the right people and Twitter can be the best place for news on the internet, and indeed anywhere. As an avid fan of Formula 1 I was interested to see the results of the practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix yesterday but was not in a position to watch or listen to then, enter Twitter.

F1 news on Twitter

F1 news on Twitter

Thanks to my following of @f1_fans, @sidepodcast, @F1Weekly and @f1fanatic_co_uk I was able to keep up to date with everything that happened in all three practice sessions throughout the day.

I was also provided with links to articles and photos should I want to peruse any tweet in further detail, which indeed I did on a few occasions. The real time, multiple reporting way that Twitter works makes it second to none as a news source, especially when the reporters are all hand chosen by us.

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Who alerts us when Twitter is down?

When Gmail is down Twitter is very quick to tell us all, but what happens when Twitter is down?

Who tells us?

Who tells us?

Well, the Twitter error screen is a good indication and it wasn’t down for long. But I did miss it, enough to write this blog post, and thankfully it is up again now.

EDIT: As at 8.36pm GMT Twitter is down again has been on and off for the last 20 minutes – trouble in Twitter Town!

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Visit Twitscoop & lose hours of your day!

Please be warned that visiting the following link could be detrimental to your productivity for the rest of the day! The link is Twitscoop which is a Tweet Cloud for Twitter.

Watch the words get bigger and smaller!

Watch the words get bigger and smaller!

Just in case you aren’t familiar with this kind style of representing results – the bigger the word the more popular it is on Twitter at that time. What makes this website so much fun is that the results change in real time so you can watch as certain words gain or lose popularity on Twitter – fascinating, though ultimately useless as you’ll see from the results offered up.

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Mobile Firefox – does it really rock?

Over at Mobile Choice they are talking about our old friend, the upcoming Mobile Firefox (Fennec) browser, and how great it will be. No, really!

Little fox, will we ever see you?

Little fox, will we ever see you?

Let’s look at the 2 main features that were already known about:

Add-Ons – I know mobile phone screens are getting bigger, but I’m sure they’re not big enough to have in-browser add-ons. Why would I , for example, use TwitterFox when I can use a specific Twitter application made for mobile phones. I also wouldn’t use Gmail Manager as I have downloaded the official Mobile Gmail application. That’s the problem – mobile applications already exist for Firefox add-ons, so that selling point is lost, on me anyway.

Tabbed Browsing – on my current phone (Nokia 5800) I can click between windows with just 2 clicks, so tabbed browsing will be done in 1, I guess. This is not a deal breaker for me, and if it takes up screen space then that’s a step back.

The big thing causing excitement is the announcement of synced tabs from computer to phone. I think I may be letting the whole Firefox Mobile bandwagon pass me by, but once again, I have to say that is a feature I really don’t see being of much benefit. With this you can get the same pages to open on your mobile as you last had on your PC/laptop. I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a situation where I’ve needed that!

At the risk of sounding highly pessimistic, I don’t see that Firefox Mobile has anything to offer that will make people move away from default browsers or from the very highly successful Opera Mini. If you think or know otherwise, please fill me in, I’m all ears!

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