Twitter now reliable?

I used Twitter a LOT during SXSW and it was only down for a few seconds that I could see. This is a huge turnaround in reliability.

I’d love to know what they did to finally fix their reliability problems.

In the meantime, congratulations to Twitter for finally getting reliable. Hopefully it doesn’t go down tonight to spite me the way Amazon went down when I bragged on Jeff Barr and the Web Services team there.

It’s been a long year, but surviving SXSW is a big feat and one that’s really appreciated by me.

One thing I’ve noticed is that Twitter is growing again because of the reliability upgrades. I’ve gained 1,500 Twitter followers in just a few weeks. My friends are seeing similar growth.

Speaking of Twitter and geeky stuff like scalability, the Twitter tech team is doing a technology blog. Mighty geeky, with some cool stuff, like how to get your stolen iPhone to Twitter home!

Comments

  1. Yep, I agree, it’s definitely gotten better. Now would be a good time for them to up the requests/hour to 80, 90 or 100. I go insane if I can’t get that many updates/hour.

    I’m glad Twitter is doing better now, because without it, I feel ‘out-of-the-loop’. Haha :)

  2. Yep, I agree, it’s definitely gotten better. Now would be a good time for them to up the requests/hour to 80, 90 or 100. I go insane if I can’t get that many updates/hour.

    I’m glad Twitter is doing better now, because without it, I feel ‘out-of-the-loop’. Haha :)

  3. I wonder if this has anything to do with the move from Joyent to NTT (if I remember correctly). I’d love more details from the Twitter tech team.

  4. I wonder if this has anything to do with the move from Joyent to NTT (if I remember correctly). I’d love more details from the Twitter tech team.

  5. Hey Robert … totally off topic, I just noticed your work information on the blog is er … slightly out of date. One of the downsides of RSS .. I only just noticed.

  6. Hey Robert … totally off topic, I just noticed your work information on the blog is er … slightly out of date. One of the downsides of RSS .. I only just noticed.

  7. I think using SXSW as a test of Twitter’s reliability might be a little out of touch. According to their website, about 7,000 people go. A lot more than 7,000 people watched the Superbowl (or participated in other events that brought twitter down).

    I’m not saying they aren’t more reliable, but I’m not sure if SXSW is the tough test.

  8. I think using SXSW as a test of Twitter’s reliability might be a little out of touch. According to their website, about 7,000 people go. A lot more than 7,000 people watched the Superbowl (or participated in other events that brought twitter down).

    I’m not saying they aren’t more reliable, but I’m not sure if SXSW is the tough test.

  9. Wait.. there seems to be a flaw in this logic.

    1. Twitter has always been slow.
    2. This one time, it wasn’t slow.

    therefore, twitter is now reliable.

    I think only time will tell. Perhaps SXSW just wasn’t as big as you thought it was, and there wasn’t the as much stress as your other “really important in the valley but nobody on the east coast cares about” conferences were putting on the server.

    Just a thought.

  10. Wait.. there seems to be a flaw in this logic.

    1. Twitter has always been slow.
    2. This one time, it wasn’t slow.

    therefore, twitter is now reliable.

    I think only time will tell. Perhaps SXSW just wasn’t as big as you thought it was, and there wasn’t the as much stress as your other “really important in the valley but nobody on the east coast cares about” conferences were putting on the server.

    Just a thought.