Twitter Outage Sparks ‘Panic’ and Underscores Social Media User Dependence

On Thursday morning, Twitter went down for approximately one hour. If the outage had lasted any longer, governments may have been overthrown, anarchy would have reigned, and the …

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On Thursday morning, Twitter went down for approximately one hour.

If the outage had lasted any longer, governments may have been overthrown, anarchy would have reigned, and the zombie apocalypse would have all but certainly begun in earnest.

During that short duration of down time today, given how angry and emotional some users were in response to the outage, one could have easily thought the Mayans were off by a couple of months when they predicted an end to the civilized world in late 2012.

Fortunately, Twitter’s engineers quickly got to the bottom of the glitch and the micro-blogging platform was restored by early afternoon. And just as quickly, all was right with the world again.

As of this writing, it isn’t clear just how widespread the outage was. But it was obviously widespread enough to send the Internet into freak-out mode. Perhaps the headline from CNN put it best: “Twitter crashes hard, Internet freaks out.”

Twitter’s temporary demise sent users to other social networks, including the blogging site Tumblr. As one commenter put it on CNNMoney’s own Tech Tumblr: “I enjoy the fact that when Twitter goes down, my Tumblr explodes. :)”

Without question, the sixty minutes of pure hell that Twitter’s outage caused today illustrated just how passionate about and dependent upon social networking the masses have become.

Let’s hope the next time Twitter goes down, it doesn’t last longer. Or else earth may literally stop spinning.

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    Thanks for interesting sharing. There is an obvious relation, if twitter get down time, other enjoy and avail this down time period. I agree with the thing that the widespread of this outage would definitely have brought the internet into freak-out mode because for many people Twitter had become necessity and the use is being grown day by day. I liked CNN headline, 'Twitter crashes hard, Internet freaks out'.

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      Thank you for your comment. It's amazing how – one day removed from the outage – headlines are still covering yesterday's glitch and many users are expressing concern that the outage will happen again. If that's not further indication of the point expressed in this article, I don't know what is 🙂