Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Twitter Repaired, Rumor MacBook Touch, Twitter Squeeze, Knit Gas Mask

Yes there's a lot happening today on the Web/Net, What do YOU call it?
Results: 33% Net 33% Web 33% Internet - not quite a Universal Answer.

I personally had a great day thanks to Mark Ress and his God is Good Show. Good Friends and Strangers taking time to be thankful, ask for help or blessings.

More restoration underway

5 hours ago

We’re still putting follower/following relationships back into place. There will be inconsistencies over the next several hours as this restoration takes place. We will provide more updates as they become available.

Update (2:14p): we’re going into maintenance mode to speed up some of the recovery work we’re doing. We’re think the downtime will be brief.

Update (2:34p): Maintenance was only about 5 minutes. We’re still restoring data.

Update (3:36p): We believe that by around 7p Pacific around 95% of the data will be recovered.

I'm missing Twitter right now so I thought I'd start with that as my lead story:
Missing followers
Wed 24

Folks are reporting problems with missing followers - that is, seeing the follower counts drop on their profile pages.

We’re looking into this now.

Update: We’re going to go into maintenance mode to correct this problem.

Updated follower/following counts 2 seconds ago

We’re still in the process of recovering from the missing follower/following problem that occurred earlier today. Over the next several hours, you may see inaccurate counts or timeline inconsistencies as the correct data is propagated to all parts of the system.

One thing to note: Even after this recovery is complete, your counts may appear lower than previously. In almost all cases, this is not due to missing data. The counts we display on your profile page are not always up-to-date. For example, when we remove spammers from the system (which we’ve been doing a lot lately), the follower counts are not updated in real-time.

As we push out the changes to fix this afternoon’s problem, the counts will be updated to reflect the latest numbers.

New Twitter Anti-Spam Bot Causes Chaos

Written by Sarah Perez / July 24, 2008 6:00 AM / 15 Comments

Twitter Anti-Spam Bot Punishes Community Managers and Causes Follower Counts to Drop

Did you notice a big drop in your Twitter follower numbers yesterday? It seems that the Twitter team recently decided to step up their Twitter spammer detection, and, in typical Twitter fashion, their algorithm sent the service haywire, leading to yet another sighting of the Fail Whale while the issue was resolved. Meanwhile, Twitterers everywhere were in an uproar over their lost follower counts.

Spam Detection Goes Too Far

Earlier this week, ZDNet reported that many Twitter users we re no longer able to add followers thanks to the new limits put in place to discourage spamming. Unfortunately, this action caused some major trouble for community managers, like Pandora's Lucia Willow, for example, who stated her case over on Get Satisfaction. In addition to Pandora, Comcast, Jet Blue, and several others were also affected. In order to add new followers, they had to delete older ones - not a good idea for those that want to stay tuned into their community. More....

Rumor: MacBook touch Coming in October

Those of you clamoring for an Apple tablet may finally get what you've been waiting for. According to a MacDailyNews source who leaked wireless iTunes a week before its official announcement, we can expect a sort of "MacBook touch" in October. And the source wasn't light on the details, either:

Think MacBook screen, possibly a bit smaller, in glass with iPhone-like, but fuller-featured multi-touch. Gesture library. Full Mac OS X. This is why they bought P.A. Semi. Possibly with Immersion's haptic tech. Slot-loading SuperDrive. Accelerometer. GPS. Pretty expensive to produce initially, but sold at "low" price that will reduce margins. Apple wants to move these babies. And move they will. This is some sick shit. App Store-compatible, able to run Mac apps, too. By October at the latest. More... Picture Only

twitter squeeze birdTwitter Squeeze

This is being leaked out only to my readers and Twitter followers!

The Twitter Squeeze is coming…

Twitter Squeeze is the most exciting strategy I've developed since Blog and Ping!

More... The Ustream Video introduction Only Perhaps the weirdest thing I saw today: Knitted Gas Mask

Sarah Lane, remember her from TheScreenSavers, now host of DIY variety show popSiren Asked on Twitter if someone would knit this for her. After reading about it, I have to agree this is a useful idea. Maybe the cyclists could use these in Beijing for the Olympics.