This stock licenced image ( a $5-10 fee) , an illustration by Yiying Lu, is the image you see when Twitter is down. It is called the “Fail Whale” and has moved as a meme into early adopter culture in a big way:
Wikipeda currently redirects searches to find information to the Fail Whale to the Twitter entry. Sensitive!
BuzzFeed has a mass of links to follow including these:
- Fail Whale, the Fan Club- failwhale.com
- Fail Whale, the Gear- zazzle.com
- Fail Whale on Wikipedia
- What Twitter Users Are Saying -summize.com
Is the whale an endangered species? The Guardian‘s article last week”Twitter searches for the next step” mentions that “now might be a good time to grab one, before the fail whale swims out of sight for good.”
And really does it matter? Does it matter that a new technology is fragile and falls over through massive uptake? You can only be let down by something that you have already given your expectations to…
It reminds me of a great quote from the late great Randy Pausch:
When you see yourself doing something badly and nobody’s bothering to tell you anymore, that’s a very bad place to be. Your critics are your ones telling you they still love you and care.
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