Twitter ate my hamster

I’m blogging in the style of twitter, for those of you in withdrawal due to it’s recent availability issues. Got to stick to 140 char limit

Confused by the title of this post? It refers to a headline in ‘The Sun’ (UK ‘Newspaper’) that is so famous in the UK it’s a popular phrase

Twitter is a free service. No advertising, no fees, no hidden charges, no taxes, no problem. It is used by free loaders like me (and you?)

@Twitter was down a bit over this weekend, it has disabled some features and limited usage levels on others while it sorts out it’s problems

@TechCrunch did a one word blog post during the downtime ‘Twitter!’ got over 400 comments. Clearly people feel passionately about Twitter.

@mkrigsman blogged about twitter downtimes calling it IT mgmt failure saying ‘many people depend’ on it @dhaimes responded ‘more fool them!’

@twitter should not be burning cash building a bullet proof technical infrastructure to support millions of free loaders, it needs to make $

Bullet Proof infrastructure anyone can do, just hire the experienced people and buy a lot of hardware and software, easy, but it will cost $

The dot-com dead pool is full of wonderful scalable infrastructures, costing a lot of money which owners did not figure out how to pay for.

I used to use, Webvan which built a great infrastructure, had some great technology and spent $1 Billion. It never made a cent and went bust

If ‘many people depend’ on @twitter, would they all pay to use it? If they guaranteed 99.9999% availability how much would you pay for it?

Did you notice every paragraph is exactly the 140 characters long? One great thing about twitter is it forces people to be much less verbose

Author: David Haimes

I'm Senior Director in the Oracle Research and Development Organization, with close to 20 years working in various roles on the development of the Financial Management product suite.  Since the summer of 2016 my focus is exclusively on working with customers and longer-term design work, particularly around next-generation functional and technical architecture. My task is to figure out NOW what the financial management system of the next 3, 5 or more years should look like and start working toward it.  At the moment the majority of my time is spent working on Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), leading the effort for all of SaaS applications.  I'm also interested in AI, Machine Learning and new UX and interaction paradigms such as chat bots. I started out in Oracle UK and found my way out to Oracle's Redwood Shores, California HQ in May 2000.  My previous role was product owner for Fusion Accounting Hub, General Ledger, Intercompany and Legal Entity products in Oracle Fusion Financials and eBusiness Suite General Ledger. I have also worked on EMEA Globalizations, Federal and Public Sector Financials, XML Payments and a variety of projects on other products down the years.

8 thoughts on “Twitter ate my hamster”

  1. Forming my own thoughts into a post, natch, but my quick take is very similar.

    Depending on a service run by a company with no business model leads to failure.

    Uptime is insanely difficult and therefore expensive. Observe:
    99.9% uptime (“3 nines”) = 21.9 hours downtime/year
    99.99% uptime (“4 nines”) = 52.56 minutes/year
    99.999% uptime (“5 nines”) = 5.26 minutes/year
    99.9999% uptime (“6 nines”) = 31.54 seconds/year

    These are tough to maintain for profit, so why would you try for free?


  2. having just joined Twitter in time for it to freak out I wonder if it’s me ;-). Boy do I miss Webvan. They rocked!


  3. Meg – yes webvan rocked, they had loyal and happy customers and provided excellent and reliable service. It is important to figure out the business model before you spend a billion making customers happy.


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