Twitter Broke & My Life is Over!

OMG – the love of my geekette-techie life broke and my communication to the outside world ended.

That’s right, at 9 a.m. (ET) this morning I tried to log-in to the world of tweeting goodness and just won’t load.

Do you hear me?

It.Just.Won’t.Load.

My heart fell into my stomach and I think my eyes glazed over for a millisecond.

I jumped onto my Gmail and found one of my PR-tweeps, David, was online too. He’s a Twitter addict as well.

Guess what? He’s in mourning too this morning:

Sasha: Morning David
is your Twitter working?
David: no!
Sasha: well is it loading?
David: its not
Sasha: me either
okay, good, it’s not just me
lol
David: i’m getting quite frustrated!

a few minutes later…

David: i’ve been reloading like every 2 minutes – serious addiction
Sasha: me too
every 5 minutes though
I’m a bit better off than you by like 3 minutes (more of patience)
lol
damn it david, need the blue birdy this morning – whhhhhhhhhhyyyyyy?

Hi my name is Sasha, I’m a Twitter addict. It’s official.

I know; I accept; I refuse to move on.

But before you jump down my throat and laugh at me for contemplating to even purchase a Twitter jersey – let me tell you WHY:

Twitter is my saturated personal RSS

I can “follow” PC Magazine, Wired, Breaking News, The Huffington Post, AP, Reuters, Good Morning America, ADAge, CNN, BBC, Mashable, the Miami Herald and a fake version of Karl Lagerfeld.

So basically, as something happens…guess what?

I hear about it instantly. Remember CNN and the Iranian Election Controversy? Well, guess where the best news was had? – Twitter.

I don’t know if you are observant, a news addict, like to be in “the know” and are probably a Geek(ette) like myself, but I can get a lot of what I want, from anywhere in the world, via Twitter.

Me + Twitter = networking

I can’t begin to tell you what as asset Twitter has been to me. So much so I was recently featured in the Miami Herald and NPR as an active “Tweeter” leveraging the social media outlet to find a job.

I’ve met some pretty amazing people on there who are public relations professionals, social media geniuses and communications savvy pirates who know all about how to get the booty.

From Twitter, I’ve gained job interviews, friends, new associates and I’ve even gotten sweet shopping deals!

Twitter is a giant network of networks. It’s this vast virtual-terrain of 140 character “tweets” oozing in knowledge, people and it is a one of a kind experience.

Twitter promotes; Twitter shares

I learn some much for Twitter it’s unreal.

Twitter is my addiction, it’s like this instant Wikipedia on a cracked-trip. It’s not just about getting information, it’s about sharing information. Oh my, thinking about this…geesh, I am such a Millennial. Talk about the need for instant gratification.

I check Twitter like I check my email. What about you? You either like it or you don’t. You have use for it or you don’t. It’s really that simple.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a real RSS feed, go to news.google.com on a regular basis and actually put on the television to watch the news. But believe me, CNN is not Twitter. The BBC is not Twitter. The AP is not Twitter.

The world is such a big place and Twitter makes it smaller.

As a public relations professional, I live for stuff like this. I live for “the know,” “the how,” and the “why.” But I know I’m not the only one…even outside of the PR-world.

What if Twitter never existed? What if Facebook never existed? Better yet…what if Google never existed?

What would we do? Heaven help, me, what would I do?

In this day and age, we are so technology driven, that we rely too heavily on cyber connections that when one (one of the big ones for that matter)  has it’s very own “#fail” – what in the world would we do?

~*~

P.S.,

My Facebook is going dead. Apparently, I’m NOT the only one there either — so dare I ask:

Is the Twitter downtime, pushing Facebook into massive overload???

On a self-satisfying not: seems Pete Cashmore heard my plea  (I like to think, lol) —

(Sasha’s Facebook status:)
…*sniffles* WHY isn’t Twitter working this morning. I NEED it!!! :-/ Dear Facebook, if you killed Twitter, I won’t be a happy-Sasha. (Dear Mashable, help!!!)

and Mashable just wrote up something on the downtime…

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima.

Copyright © 2009 SashaH. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.

Comments

  1. @mikeschaffer says:

    My name is @mikeschaffer, and I, too, am a Twitter addict. I even type my name as a Twitter handle.

  2. You know, you just explained to me a few more reasons why twitter's a valuable tool. This was a good read!

    LoL …plus it didn't hurt that your reaction to this was classic. Let's just all be glad that twitter (and facebook) are back up and running now.

  3. In copying Mike…

    I, @PRNicoleV am also a twitter addict. It's sad but really I was lost this morning without it. I hope that never happens again lol…

    In light of this morning's outage, I got to think about another topic: would you pay for Twitter? There's a poll via my blog at http://www.nicolevanscoten.com/would-you-pay-fo… 🙂

  4. I do love Twitter. But I'm also a bit saddened knowing social networking is taking away from personal networking (and relationships). I have a million other people (or so it seems) that I'm closer to via my computer other than my actual neighbors. That's right. Remember them? We've all got 'em. Those people who live closest to you physically. Sometimes I stop and think about how strange and uncomfortable it is when we're actually outside together – going out of our way to avoid each other. (don't roll your eyes because you know you do the same.) I love Twitter. But losing my in-person relationships in favor of a computer screen is a bit scary. Will my kids even know how to talk to people face-to-face?

  5. A couple of days ago, I hit the 3,000 tweet mark. It was an eye opener for me. I realized how much I use the medium. I, @tomokeefe1, am a Twitterholic.

    This morning, when I rolled out of bed at 11am (Hey, I'm on vacation, here!), trudged to my computer, and found Twitter down, I had a mini-panic attack that quickly subsided to being OK with it. I knew it would likely be back very soon.

    Now, if it was down for days or weeks… THEN I'd have some issues.

  6. I still haven't fully recovered (and never would've been able to get it together enough for such a great post in my twitter deprived state). Looking forward to seeing more from you.

  7. haha, awesome.

  8. oh my goodness yes!

    Believe me, I AM very grateful!!!

  9. Love your post Nicole, I voted 🙂

  10. oh dear, lol.

    I don't know about that. Perhaps for some people. But I mean Twitter is much
    more than a relationship tool for me. I use it for a lot of information.
    Heck, I've done research on it. You'd be surprised what you can find by
    typing in a #hashtag or two or ten. 🙂

  11. You and I, both.

  12. I had a support system … David, lol.

    This was me venting. 🙂 Thanks Cog!

  13. Sasha, yesterday was Hiroshima day and somehow Twitter managed it to make it Twitter day. I understand addictions, seriously I do, but this time I think we went too far. Could it be that God was trying to tell us something yesterday with both FB and Twitter down? Like “slow down people, take a look around you, see what really matters!”

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't think that it is the end of the world if Twitter goes offline for a few minutes. I have confidence that whoever build it wants it back and they'll fix the problem. Heck control over masses of “enthusiasts” is not something to give up without a fight.

  14. Hi,

    That’s a very good way of looking at it. I mean to be honest, had it been
    MySpace of later, as it was Facebook, I wouldn’t have cared as much…if at
    all.

    But for me, I check Twitter as I do my email – and since I started using it,
    it’s turned into this whacked-version of my personal information source. I
    mean, for example, I have access to more news items – stories about movies,
    politics, fashion etc. – on Twitter, than on Google News.

    So for me, yesterday was a large moment of, “why isn’t it working!!!”

    But I totally understand what you are saying. And you make the most amount
    of sense. I don’t have a smart phone yet, for this same reason. If I did,
    believe me, I’d be on Twitberry or some other application ALL the time!
    …that would be bad. Lol

    Thanks for your insight 🙂

  15. Hi,

    That’s a very good way of looking at it. I mean to be honest, had it been
    MySpace of later, as it was Facebook, I wouldn’t have cared as much…if at
    all.

    But for me, I check Twitter as I do my email – and since I started using it,
    it’s turned into this whacked-version of my personal information source. I
    mean, for example, I have access to more news items – stories about movies,
    politics, fashion etc. – on Twitter, than on Google News.

    So for me, yesterday was a large moment of, “why isn’t it working!!!”

    But I totally understand what you are saying. And you make the most amount
    of sense. I don’t have a smart phone yet, for this same reason. If I did,
    believe me, I’d be on Twitberry or some other application ALL the time!
    …that would be bad. Lol

    Thanks for your insight 🙂

  16. Sasha, yesterday was Hiroshima day and somehow Twitter managed it to make it Twitter day. I understand addictions, seriously I do, but this time I think we went too far. Could it be that God was trying to tell us something yesterday with both FB and Twitter down? Like “slow down people, take a look around you, see what really matters!”

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't think that it is the end of the world if Twitter goes offline for a few minutes. I have confidence that whoever build it wants it back and they'll fix the problem. Heck control over masses of “enthusiasts” is not something to give up without a fight.

  17. Hi,

    That’s a very good way of looking at it. I mean to be honest, had it been

    MySpace of later, as it was Facebook, I wouldn’t have cared as much…if at

    all.

    But for me, I check Twitter as I do my email – and since I started using it,

    it’s turned into this whacked-version of my personal information source. I

    mean, for example, I have access to more news items – stories about movies,

    politics, fashion etc. – on Twitter, than on Google News.

    So for me, yesterday was a large moment of, “why isn’t it working!!!”

    But I totally understand what you are saying. And you make the most amount

    of sense. I don’t have a smart phone yet, for this same reason. If I did,

    believe me, I’d be on Twitberry or some other application ALL the time!

    …that would be bad. Lol

    Thanks for your insight 🙂