I was working. Something seemed wrong with Tweetdeck. All of a sudden, those little bleeps and Growl notifications on my screen weren’t happening. The stillness was intense. What the heck? So I re-logged and re-started Tweetdeck. Nada. Hmm…weird. I restarted again and this time my Tweetdeck window came up empty! GAH! What was going on?
I went to Twitter.com and got the message – Google Chrome can’t find the site you’re looking for. OMG! Twitter was DOWN?! What to do? I didn’t want to believe it. Next step run to DownRightNow.com and sure enough they say that Twitter is “likely experiencing service disruption”. GAH!
So I ran to Facebook. By now I was like a chicken with my head cut off. Didn’t know what to do with myself and suddenly felt achingly lonely. The nature of my work is very solitary and Twitter keeps me connected to the real world on those days I don’t get out and see people. I felt lost.
I posted on FB about Twitter and soon someone responded, then another someone who was also feeling frustrated and lost without it. Soon enough, my people online list started to fill up with little green lights. I wasn’t the only one missing that human (kind of) contact from Twitter.
I’m betting that if Twitter hadn’t have come back up, I would have taken a walk, baked a pie, fiddled around in the garden or gone on a Ginaventure, but it did. Twenty minutes of loss and it was back up, sucking me in. The little green lights on Facebook clicked off one by one as we all headed back to Twitter.
Proof I need to disconnect? Well, yes. Proof of the power of Twitter? Yes. Proof that Twitter is crack? Yep.
I’m addicted, but am I addicted to Twitter itself or human contact?