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How an EBS for Twitter could work
By Dave Winer on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM.

An Emergency Broadcast System for Twitter might look like this. permalink

A picture named ebsForTwitter.gif permalink

When everything is working at Twitter, all the clients communicate through Twitter. A client is an app like Tweetdeck, UberTwitter, Seesmic, Brizzly, Tweedroid, etc. permalink

However, when Twitter is down, each client sends your tweets to a "safe place" and the clients your friends use hear about your status updates from there. permalink

There's still a lot of disruption, but some messages get through. Over time the EBS will get better, as we learn better how to make the best of a Twitter outage. permalink

Reality: We still need to communicate even when Twitter is down. permalink

Bottom-line: The client vendors are key. permalink

5/20/10: "The secret for the client guys is that instead of investing in individual platforms owned by huge corporations, they must swallow hard and invest in working with each other." permalink

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