Thursday, August 06, 2009

Twitter goes down, nobody can tell anyone

Twitter and Facebook went down today at approximately 6:00 am Pacific Time. A DDOS (denial of service) attack was suspected, although nobody knew about the outage because Twitter was down.

David Hoskins, a 25 year-old social media expert and part-time waiter at TGI Fridays, was shocked to find out about the outage.

"Twitter and Facebook were down?" he asked incredulously. "How was I supposed to know? Why hasn't someone tweeted about this? Does anyone know what the hashtag is?"

Hoskins appeared confused and disoriented when his iPhone Twitter application wouldn't publish his Tweet, notifying his 2,744 followers that the popular service was down.

"But how will they know?" he asked as panic began to set in.

Throughout the rest of the morning Hoskins was seen repeatedly responding to the question, "What are you doing?" by furiously typing, "Trying to tell the world that Twitter is down!"

At the time of publication, Hoskins had resorted to calling people he actually knew to talk to them directly. In many instances his calls went to voicemail. It's suspected that those he called didn't know what to do when their phones made a distinct ringing sound and wasn't followed by a text notification.

More as this story develops.