Posts Tagged ‘Social Networking’

Twitter Reverts to Old Format after Server Woes

April 7th, 2011

Disables New Twitter and Trends, shifts servers to a different location

Earlier in the week, Twitter page announced that it was experiencing trouble displaying home timelines. That was followed by a message declaring, “We’ve temporarily disabled #NewTwitter. Our engineers are working on re-enabling it and we’ll update you shortly,” which led to another update minutes later that announced that Twitter was “Temporarily Disabling Trends” as well. Something is terribly wrong in Twitter land then.

Apparently, Twitter was either in the process of introducing or had already launched a new homepage that departed from the “discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world” spin of the current homepage and took on a new avatar that invited users to “follow your interests”. The new interest centric search suggests users to follow categories and will throw up results with accounts dealing with the sought categories, instead of just dishing out account names bearing the search phrase.

However, users were greeted with either the pre-redesign version of Twitter or an error message that said “something is technically wrong” with Twitter and “back to normal soon”. The root of Twitter’s woes can be traced out to an announcement proclaiming that all of its server infrastructure would be moved to a new secret location, which is in Utah by the way. After the teething troubles with the brand new server farms, Twitter has been forced to move most of the same infrastructure back to its facility in Sacramento, California.

It seems the server relocation to the new Utah site hasn’t worked out quite as well as Twitter had intended, which put a spanner in the works of all the new features that had been touted in September last year. Reverting to the old format and axing the new features may have got Twitter working again, but that’s not a healthy sign. Twitter will have to be a lot more circumspect with the load testing and debugging of the new additions, before unleashing them prematurely on unsuspecting users.

  • Twitter Reverts to Old Interface (
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  • Twitter breaks after server problems (
  • Gets New Homepage Design (Screenshot) (
  • Twitter disables new version of website (
  • Twitter Search Is Now Three Times Faster (
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  • Twitter Steps Into the Wayback Machine (
  • Twitter Delays Homepage Revamp After Service Glitch (
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Facebook Gets Breakup Notifier App

February 24th, 2011

An app that’ll make Barney Stintson proud

The dating game is cruel, and hot guys and girls don’t stay single for long. It’s a jungle out there and you have to act fast, before someone makes a move. So with a burgeoning friend list populated with hundreds of eligible mates, how do you keep track of potential marks? Developer Dan Loewenherz has found a way to make your life better with the Breakup Notifier App for Facebook.

This nifty little application lets you create a watch list of sorts containing all those who you covet, but aren’t available at the moment. It’s simple how it works; after populating the apps with the objects of your unrequited affection, it monitors their relationship status. As soon as the status changes to single, an alarm goes off in your stalker cave. Well, not exactly, but the app notifies you that your potential mate has just broken up and therefore a great opportunity for you to play the rebound (wo)man.

The good book may tell you not to covet your neighbor’s wife, but the Breakup Notifier app is just the workaround for that rule. So what are you waiting for? Click here to get the app.

  • Facebook Breakup Notifier App — Cool or Creepy? (
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  • Singles Status-Stalking Apps – The Breakup Notifier Takes Facebook Creeping to a Whole New Level (
  • Crush-Stalking App Breakup Notifier Amasses Over 3.6M Users, Is Shut Down By Facebook (
  • Breakup Notifier App Tells You When Your Facebook Crush is Single (
  • Facebook Breakup Notifier Doesn’t Do Much Stalking (
  • Breakup Notifier: find out when Facebook friends are single again (
  • Facebook: Breakup Notifier app Goes Live (
  • Facebook Breakup Notifier Tells You When Your Crush Is Single (

Facebook – The face of Egypt’s revolution!!!

February 23rd, 2011

An Egyptian father has proudly named his daughter “facebook”. According to Al-Ahram(one of the most popular newspapers in Egypt), he did so in tribute to the role the social media service played in organizing the protests in Tahrir Square and beyond.

Wael Ghonim, “We Are Khaled Said” Facebook page showed up within 5 days of Said’s death in June and served as a hub for dissidence against Egyptian police brutality and anti-government protests until Mubarak’s resignation. Other activist pages like “Tahrir Square” cropped up shortly afterward. There are five million Facebook users in Egypt, more so than any other country in the Middle East/North Africa region. Facebook itself has reported an increase in Egyptian users in the past month, with 32,000 Facebook groups and 14,000 pages created in the two weeks after January 25th .

Facebook has become the umbrella symbol for how social media can spread the message of freedom. There was a graffiti in Cairo that said “Thank you Facebook” as a protest sign and Wael Ghonim himself personally expressed his gratitude to Mark Zuckerberg on CNN.

  • To Celebrate The #Jan25 Revolution, Egyptian Names His Firstborn “Facebook” (
  • Egyptian Names Baby ‘Facebook’ (
  • Egyptian Baby Girl Named ‘Facebook’ After Revolution (
  • Wael Ghonim: If You Want To Liberate A Government, Give Them The Internet (
  • Egyptian man reportedly names daughter ‘Facebook’ in wake of revolution (
  • Report: Egyptian dad names child ‘Facebook’ (
  • “Egyptians Name Their Daughter “Facebook— and related posts (
  • First Tunisia, Now Egypt, What’s Next? Wael Ghonim Says “Ask Facebook” (
  • Egyptian Man Names Daughter “Facebook” To Celebrate The Revolution (
  • Subtitled Video of Wael Ghonim’s Emotional TV Interview (

Twitter’s Blank Page – @anywhereboosh

February 23rd, 2011

Twitter is having little trouble in the past days. Many of its users are unwillingly being directed to a page names @anywhereboosh . This is causing enough frustration and complaints are pouring in from across the globe.

Users are being directed to a blank screen and an absurd error message flashes. Although the issue related to the delay in posting tweets was thankfully resolved many are still complaining about being directed to a blank screen. Users have also pointed out that the link for accessing the old twitter and the link for their home page is also being redirected to the blank page.

It was unusually quite in the otherwise fast and noisy blogosphere.

The problem is affecting both the websites and the clients. Some clients are also noticing a cluster of unwanted tweets in bottom of a specific Tweetdeck search. Although the twitter officials say that the problem is being resolved but they are unable to specify a reason. From the looks of it this seems like an ongoing problem.

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  • Will Change the Way You Tweet(deck)? (
  • Twitter bans Twidroyd and UberTwitter clients for shadiness… and Tweetdeck might be next (
  • UberMedia Acquires TweetDeck, Aims for Twitter Monopoly across Platforms (
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  • TweetDeck: Now With Longer Tweets (

Twitter Debunks Google-Facebook Takeover Rumours

February 20th, 2011

CEO Dick Costolo questions if Google can afford Twitter; hints towards a new revenue generation model

After a Wall Street Journal report claimed low level talks between Facebook and Google executives about acquisition of Twitter, the Internet saw a great hue and cry about another big corporation assimilating a smaller one. However, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has debunked the rumours. Speaking at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC), he denounced the rumours by stating, “People write that stuff all the time. I don’t know where these things come from, it’s just a rumour.” Costolo punctuated the statement by asking if Google could afford a $10 billion acquisition. Ouch.

Addressing the media at the MWC in Barcelona, Costolo spoke about Twitter s revenue model, claiming that Twitter was making money through the existing means of promoted tweets, accounts and trends. He also mentioned that Twitter will launch a new method of monetising the microblogging website this year; although, no details were provided about the new revenue generation scheme. He dismissed the persistent queries about Twitter s monetisation by stating, “Every time I have an interview I am asked when we’re going to make money. The short answer is we’re already making money.”

  • Twitter chief: Google offer is “rumour” (
  • Mobile Fair-Twitter dismisses reports of Google interest (
  • Twitter denies $10bn takeover talks with Google and Facebook (
  • Twitter dismisses reports of Google interest (
  • MWC: Twitter boss admits platform must become simpler (
  • Dick Costolo: There will be no Twitter-branded mobile phone (
  • Twitter CEO Dismisses Google $10 Billion Takeover as ‘Rumor’ (
  • Twitter dismisses reports of Google interest (
  • Twitter chief dismisses talk of $10bn offer from Google as ‘rumour’ (
  • Twitter CEO: Why There Won’t Be a “Twitter Phone” (