There are no whales; but my Twitter account has been inoperative for the last 4 hours or so, via any and all clients. The earth’s background hum has suddenly fallen silent. I’m a river-of-news person on Twitter; I follow lots of people and often ignore it for hours and never worry what I might have missed, because if it’s important it’ll find me.

But I miss you all, to a degree that shocks me.


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From: David Magda (Nov 09 2010, at 18:40)

Infrastructure can be hard to define, but you know it when you don't see it--that is, you may not notice its presence, but you can't help noticing its absence or inadequacy.

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From: Piers Hollott (Nov 11 2010, at 11:07)

We are creatures of noise - our children know this instinctively. When it is too quiet, something is about to go awfully wrong, and it makes us nervous. I love the river of news for exactly the reason you mention - memes find folks who need those memes, regardless of the path required.


From: Pete B (Nov 12 2010, at 04:53)

Hmmmm "The earth’s background hum has suddenly fallen silent"

I don't know if it's true (and please don't disillusion me) but I believe elephants in a herd make a continuous low hum - and falling silent is a sign of alarm.

Here in the UK, a recent piece of legalistic nonsense might have silenced our on-Twitter humming - but in fact it's actually cranked the volume up quite a bit. IAmSpartacus is top-trending hashtag over here - closely followed by #TwitterJoke if anyone's interested ...



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