The Twitter “Fail Whale”

This is a rather interesting metaphor, isn’t it?

Fail Whale

It’s hard to expound too much on it past observing that the notion of a seemingly blissfully oblivious, and rather pacific whale being haplessly lofted in a net by a group of inane, twittering birds as a representation of systemic failure is kind of amusing. And of course, there’s a whole back-story to the iconic image…

Update: Could be the end of this little experiment for me. Over capacity, failed logins, forgotten passwords supposedly sent (but never received) and so on. Fun for a while, but altogether too flaky.

Update2: Ah ha. From their status page…

For the past several hours, we’ve been contending with a high rate of errors on twitter.com. This problem is being caused by over-consumption of resources on our webservers due to several changes we’ve made in the past few days.

Give it another day or so, I guess. But this kind of nonsense can’t go on much more. You can’t get people hooked on crack and the suddenly pull the plug because of “over-consumption”…

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  1. QUOTE: “You can’t get people hooked on crack and the suddenly pull the plug because of “over-consumption”… ” OMG. I wasn’t ready for that. Too funny. I agree. If your that big a fish, you need to be hooked up with the best servers and the best backups.

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