Books Read in 2007
My Favorite Video Blogs
(for others, see Links page)
Alyssa Lies Child Abuse Video
Jihad, the Musical
Dick Cheney was Right!
Ordination of Women Priests
Family Stories Vlog
JUST A WONDERFUL ILLUSION?
7 September 2007
Millions of people around the world went into simultaneous withdrawal at midnight PST.
We hadn't had that much chance to prepare, but when the warning did come, it didn't seem, at first, to be that big a deal. A little message appeared on the screen.
People had been complaining that Twitter had been "flaky" for several days, though I hadn't had any problems with it. However, this "operation" seemed to be coming at a good time...most of us would never even notice. I would go to sleep at midnight and it would all be fixed when I woke up.
In the morning, I logged into Twitter and my jaw dropped
It was more than 6 hours since the patient went onto the operating table. Presumably, after they opened it up, there was more wrong than they expected, as so often happens in operations. There we were -- millions of twitching twitterers and no way to get that little glimpse into each other's lives in 140 characters, no way to post witty observations about life, mine or others'.
I checked periodically over the next several hours. I finally got this message:
A gigantic impenetrable wall had come down between myself and all those people whose lives I had been following in 140 characters at a time.
At the same time, I received an interesting e-mail from a reader (have I mentioned how much I love hearing from people who read this journal, especially when I have never heard from them before).
After saying some lovely things about my journal, the writer poses this question:
Here's how I answered the question:
I was just starting to bond with my imaginary friends on Twitter. There is even less interaction with Twitter people than with journal or blog writers, but there is more of it. To have to go cold turkey is very difficult.
The only comfort is knowing that everybody else is doing it too.
Twitter sputtered back to life 12 hours after it went in for its 2.5 hr operation. So far it seems to be functioning properly.
Millions can breathe easily again and
resume their 140 character capsule updates on their lives.
drop my mother a happy birthday
note today. She's 88.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
This is entry #2719