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An epiphany about Twitter
By Dave Winer on Monday, June 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM.

A picture named vacuum.jpgJust in time for Rebooting the News that's about to start in a half hour.  permalink

Twitter is down, again. It's become a regular experience, again, lately. Each time it happens, some link doesn't get transmitted to my followers, but more important to me, it doesn't get into my link system. So now I have to worry about whether I'll remember to go back and read it later. And I won't be able to see how many people clicked on it, to get a rough idea of how interesting it is to people.  permalink

Arrrgh, I think to myself, if only the fishstinkin Twitter client guys would get a little bit of courage and implement an EBS for Twitter. Then I realized something, and this is the epiphany. Geez, maybe it isn't up to the client guys, maybe it's up to the users! permalink

Imagine if you had a shit ISP that couldn't keep your website on the air. How long would you put up with it? Should it make a difference that Twitter is free? Is that really what it's about? I leak huge amounts of money just living my daily life. No, it's not about the money. And yes, after a while, enough is enough, it's time to do something about it. permalink

So that's the epiphany -- we don't have to wait for anyone, I can solve it, as a user. I can put my short status messages somewhere else, and let them find their way to Twitter, when it's up. permalink

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