What's wrong with Twitter?

Twitter is definitely going through some growing pains lately.

First they capped off the API to slow down some of the services that were sapping the bandwidth of the site.

There were a lot of slowing and Fail Whale sightings last week and according to the blog they’re addressing these issues this week  too.

The Twitter Worms started propagating, Tweets went missing or got mixed up with other user’s tweets.

Fake Twitter popped up allowing anybody to put words in a Twitter user’s mouth. Funny as a prank, but in the end these things end up taken out of context when they’re found by the search engines. Danny Brown did a very thorough investigation on who was behind the Fake-Twitter site, and wonders if Twitter is so busy putting out fires right now they don’t have time tow watch their own brand.

Users are showing an amazing amount of patience at the moment, but remember when there was an exodus to other micro-blogs like Plurk? We’re a fickle bunch we tweeters, are we going to stay true through this or bail again until they get it under control?

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  • That's a good point you raise, Janet, and one that Twitter should take heed of. Plurk lost a lot of its impetus because the community migrated to where there friends were (Twitter). In this case, if Twitter continues to be unreliable, and more importantly unsecure, you can see the same happening with Twitter users.

    The question is, will they come back even if Twitter says it has resolved the issues? How many times are we hearing that from Evan and his team at the minute?

    Thanks for the shout out, appreciate it. 🙂

  • Andrea

    Janet did you see this post on AdAge? You are not the only one thinking about this. http://adage.com/article?article_id=135899 I wonder if Tweeple will migrate to something new as you suggest. What platform would that be?

  • I confess I abandoned Twitter for Plurk back in the dark days of fail whale domination, but it just wasn't an interface I could deal with and I was happy to get back to the simplicity of Twitter. Now though people are posting to FriendFeed and Facebook, and these are much better options for people to go to and not come back to Twitter. Listen up @ev and @biz, you can't count on us forever.

  • Thanks Danny, I confess I abandoned Twitter for Plurk back in the dark days of fail whale domination, but it just wasn't an interface I could deal with and I was happy to get back to the simplicity of Twitter. Now though people are posting to FriendFeed and Facebook, and these are much better options for people to go to and not come back to Twitter. Listen up @ev and @biz, you can't count on us forever.

  • Having a sense who you refer to by the "fickle bunch," that wouldn't be representative of, nor claimed by, the approximate 10 million Twitter account holders. I'm guessing you're referring to a part of the whole, and if that's true, your argument holds less weight.

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