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Closing in... Founder Fires at Twitter and the Blogosphere, Fixes Twitter for Free

Updated 4 years ago
Published May 27th, 2008 3:28PM EDT

Call it a modern anomaly, herd mentality or whatever else you want but Twitter seems to continue to grow in popularity as its downtime issues get more pronounced. Amidst recent news of a successful funding round, Twitter’s problems keep getting worse as buzz throughout the blogosphere questions Twitter’s staying power. Is it really that hard to keep Twitter up? Nick Halstead seems to think he has just the viagra Twitter needs. In his post on the blog yesterday, Halstead basically went kindergarden teacher on Twitter in an attempt to teach them how to build their own service. Some might consider this to be a bit embarrassing; your well-valued web service is so riddled with issues that people are constantly and publicly posing solutions. Halstead concludes by stating that his solution is “pretty simple stuff” but clarifies by acknowledging the fact that a complete redesign is obviously impossible at this point (although with all the current downtime, would we really even notice it?). Whatever the case, it seems cel-web-rities will continue to enjoy blurting 140-character randomness into cyberspace and hoards of followers will continue to enjoy replying to a wall. The question is whether or not the hype can outlast the stability issues. Anyone up for using Halstead’s model to build a competitive offering?


Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.