Fail whale

There’s something about Twitter…

What is going on with Twitter?  I know there are huge benefits to tweeting: I get so much out of it, by way of contacts, links, ideas, support and sometimes just a good old laugh! BUT the problems the site has been having recently have been driving me nuts!

Tweetdeck failed to show anything in my columns for most of the day yesterday (despite twitter.com functioning normally).  Sometimes you tweet once and end up showing your message 3 or 4 times as it ‘pretends’ not to show.  More frequently, tweets are sent to you in the wrong order, making it difficult to follow conversations.  And then there is the dreaded Fail Whale, that looks at you smugly when things go wrong.

I guess my question is, at what point does the bad outway the good?  How long are people going to put up with the overcapacity and the capped API rates? When do you say, “actually you have had long enough to sort this out and I’m going to stop using your service”?

I don’t know the answer to those questions.  I can’t think of another Internet service that consistently performs so poorly that people stick with.  Having said that I think I’ll stick with it a wee bit longer.  It is, after all, a great thing.  Phew, nearly talked myself out of Twitter there…