If there are people who benefitted from the Twitter outage, it must be the company managements who are blaming twitter for the decrease in productivity rate of their employees. I should know because my boss once commented that Twitter is such a waste of time. =)
Anyway, I noticed that twitter was down when I was in SM City Cebu yesterday looking for some stuffs for my son’s birthday this Monday. I was also checking their free wifi — yes, they blanket their whole mall with wifi. So I was tweeting while roaming around the mall to check how good the mall’s wifi reception is when I noticed nothing of my tweets were updated everytime I refreshed Gravity. So I thought it was Gravity who was having problems — then I checked Twitterfon, Twitterific, and Twinkle — all of them are not updating. That’s when I thought that probably there is problem between twitter system and twitter applications.
So according to Twitter blog, they were/are under DOS (Denial of Service) attack. In layman’s term, someone or a group of people/hackers maxxed out twitter’s capacity to handle loads that it broke down.
This made me think how it would affect those people building business around twitter — the social media specialist, the third party twitter application developers. Could this be also a ploy by twitter so they have reason to demand payments from the users or developers who build application around twitter? Which I think is just fair also. =)