For the past week or so my Twitter page has been blank. According to Twitter support, this is due to “database problems.” They assure me that my tweets are still there – somewhere – just in some sort of tech limbo.
I have problems reconciling the idea that a massively famous and popular social media company that’s purportedly worth upwards of $250 million can have basic “database problems”. It’s sort of like being on an airliner midway over the Pacific and learning that the flight attendants are driving because the pilot forgot to show up for work that day.
And it’s not like this is the first time. Twitter is well-known for repeated “database problems.” (Among other neophyte ailments.) Could you imagine if Google had “database problems”?
Seriously, the database has got to be the single most fundamental aspect of any web application. That the Twitter folk can’t seem to get their shit together on this key aspect of their service is unnerving.
The combination of constant and frequent technical failures, regular service capacity chokes (I’ve never before felt so compelled to be a whaler), and the recent influx of Facebook refugees to Twitter has killed it for me. What was once a cozy little campfire environment has turned into a shopping mall with a faulty power system. RVs are camped all over the place, garbage is blowing around, and the septic system is so overrun there’s this foul aroma of frivolous verbiage wafting through the air.
So I’m tearing down my camp and setting off towards the horizon in search of the next social media nirvana. It’s gotta be out there, and when I find it, I ain’t telling nobody about it.