Twitter down for hours of ‘planned maintenance’

Hey Guy’s and Gal’s from the Twitter Watchdog Universe,

You may have noticed a little down time this morning if you attempted to access Twitter.
And low and behold, the AP from New York had this to say,

NEW YORK – The micro blogging site Twitter Inc. was out of commission for a couple of hours early Sunday for some of the roughly 100 million users around the world.

Instead of the usual screen that allows people to send a tweet, the home page indicated the site was down for “planned maintenance” but was expected to be back in a few hours.

It was accompanied by a cartoon.

According to a status website run by the San Francisco-based company, Twitter’s hosting provider, NTT America, was to start the maintenance at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday and it was to last about five hours.

Some tweets appeared to start moving again after about 90 minutes but some users were still unable to send messages hours later.

Ok, now that, that is over with, many people are still unable to access their twitter accounts, which I was one until about an hour ago. (I hope your account was ok)

Now we all know that planned maintenance is always good (for any business) but from what I’ve heard this has impacted many companies who use twitter primarily for customer support. If that’s you, then you can see the impact this may have your business.

Now I’m all for using Twitter for business, but it’s always good to have a backup plan, just in-case of situations like this.

What backup plan do you have in place for your business?
We’d love to hear your comments.

Have a wonderful day.

-By Timothy Caron @TimothyCaron

BREAKING NEWS: Photo’s and Videos to appear in your Twitter Stream?

Rumors are flying around that Twitter is testing new features and settings
that would embed photo’s and video’s in your Twitter Stream.

The new feature/setting is said to be called Tweet Media. Certainly this
would really change the twitter user experience all for the good in my humble opinion.

Besides viewing photo’s and video’s by who you’re following, it’s been reported that users
we’ll have an option to view everyone’s photo’s and video’s.

Standby for more details as we receive them…

Please post your comments and what you know or would like to see with regards
to photo’s and video’s being embedded in your twitter stream..

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Come rain or shine, every Friday people unite together on Twitter to share who they recommend others to Follow. It’s pretty cool and exciting to see all of the people thinking of you and mentioning your name.

While we see people using Follow Friday with good intentions, the problem is that most people do not know how to use it effectively.

So before I share some helpful tips on how to be Successful with #FollowFriday #FF,
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Are you missing from the Find People Search on Twitter?

Twitter recently posted an update regarding those missing from the Find People Search on Twitter.

We’ve updated this Known Issues page to include the issue of “searching for usernames with underscores.” Search is aware of this and we’ll update this page when it’s resolved.

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Twitter to remove third party ad networks

In a blog post today, Twitter indicates that it has updated its terms of service, posting, “We will not allow any third party to inject paid tweets into a timeline on any service that leverages the Twitter API.”

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Making your Twitter life easier with Twitter lists

Are you taking advantage of the Twitter lists feature?

If not, here are three cool options that can make your twitter life easier.

1. You can create up to 20 different list with 500 people on each list.
2. Create different lists to sort and group people for easy reference.
3. View other people’s list and follow the top people from their list.

Creating a new Twitter List is a simple process.
In this short video, Skeeter Hansen shows you how to take advantage of the twitter lists feature.

Listorious (Listorious) is a third-party site that maintains a categorized directory of Twitter lists. You can search or browse through lists by category, and find the most popular lists.

How are you using the new twitter lists feature?
(please leave us your comments)

PS Feel free to add @alferretti and @skeeterhansen to your list.

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