Does the World Still Need Twitter?

Why Twitter is Getting Away with So Much Downtime

Here is an interesting article that I came across today from asking the question if the recent #fail #whales of twitter has diminished it’s value.

Twitter users know that the service goes down fairly often, but that doesn’t seem to alienate them. While Twitter has certainly had its issues with user retention in the past, it continues to grow. Last month, the site grew by nearly 10% (over the previous month) by our estimates, with total registered users estimated at 122 million. That’s not Facebook-like numbers, but it’s pretty significant. One almost has to wonder if those numbers would be higher if the “Fail Whale” didn’t make so many appearances. Twitter users, for the most part, don’t seem to mind him too much though. “

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