For a moment, it felt like I was the last man on earth - no one to follow on Twitter and no one following me.
It was chilling the way thousands of people (and news services) had fallen into a Twitter hiccup, how I could no longer experience the wisdom of their thoughts in 140 characters or less, minus a bit.ly url. And just as terrifying was the thought that out there in the Twitterverse, no one could ready my thoughts, click on my links. learn from my wisdom. Oh, the horror.
But then I slapped myself around and suddenly remembered that this isn't that big of a deal. OK, so Twitter is experiencing some hiccups, which were the result of an annoying bug earlier in the day, one that could force one user to follow another. As I write this, Twitter is working on restoring order in the Twitterverse.
I couldn't help but wonder if my ho-hum reaction to this Twitter crisis had a deeper meaning or showed my true feelings about Twitter. If Twitter disappeared today, would it change my world?
Maybe. I don't know. Maybe not. It would definitely change the timeliness in which I learn about breaking news events. It would change the way I scan the Internet for news and other links. But are there others ways to get this information without Twitter? Sure. As a side note, here's an interesting question to ask: What if it had been Facebook that your friends list? What would the reaction have been? My guess - online riots, for sure.
It's also worth noting that the Twitter problems seemed to have been limited to the actual Twitter.com web interface. Even though I appeared to be the last man standing (or the bigger Twitter loser ever) on Twitter.com, the chirping noise from TweetDeck is just as frequent as it always is.
I haven't missed a thing. (Pun intended.)
update 11:28 a.m. PDT: Of course, as I published this post, news comes in (via Twitter, of course) that Twitter is now back to normal and all followers/followees have been restored. I checked my account and confirm.