That panicky sound you may have heard this morning from trenders, hipsters and public relations gadflies is probably due to a denial of service attack suffered by it-kid social networking site Twitter.
For hours this morning, people all over the world have been unable to spew their special brand of information, 140 characters at a time, into the ether as service has been at a constant state of disruption in various forms according to Twiter honcho @biz:
On this otherwise happy Thursday morning, Twitter is the target of a denial of service attack. Attacks such as this are malicious efforts orchestrated to disrupt and make unavailable services such as online banks, credit card payment gateways, and in this case, Twitter for intended customers or users. We are defending against this attack now and will continue to update our status blog as we continue to defend and later investigate.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't come to bash Twitter. I'm as addicted as anyone to the ability to instantly share news and blather with the masses. But, as always happens when a piece of my technology pie goes missing from the window ledge, it offers a moment to step back and see what I've been missing with my nose buried in Tweetie all this time.
So time to put the phone down, unplug from the state of hyperconnectivity developed over the last year and smell some roses on a beautiful day. Go to a park. Read a book. Take a long lunch.
Whatever floats your boat.
Wait? Twitter's back online?
Nevermind. Gotta go. Almost time for lunch and I have to get my menu out to my followers.