--- layout: post status: publish published: true title: Dark cloud looming wordpress_id: 32 wordpress_url: http://new.martineve.com/?p=32 date: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxNjozNjowMCArMDEwMA== date_gmt: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxNjozNjowMCArMDEwMA== categories: - Technology - Open Access tags: - ! '#DR10' - Digital Researcher - Vitae comments: - id: 21 author: AJ Cann author_email: '' author_url: '' date: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxNzoyMzo0NiArMDEwMA== date_gmt: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxNzoyMzo0NiArMDEwMA== content: Twitter has been a bit on and off this past week. More on than off today. You're right in not trusting all your data to "the" cloud - trust it to the clouds. Redundancy of online services is important. That way, the only way it can "fail" is if the internet goes away. If that happens, you'll have bigger things to worry about then your data. - id: 22 author: chris author_email: '' author_url: '' date: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxNzo1MjozNiArMDEwMA== date_gmt: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxNzo1MjozNiArMDEwMA== content: little workaround for today's problems with twitter is to use tweetdeck. Put all your friends in a list. Put the list in a column. Only the 'myfriends' core timeline column got frozen, the other columns were fine. You can have one for your hashtag and that will work fine too.Another good couple of tools are http://wthashtag.com/Main_Page for archiving tweets off the cloud, and http://www.backupify.com/ for making a pdf book of all your tweets. (it includes DMs so be careful who you send it to). - id: 23 author: Martin Eve author_email: '' author_url: '' date: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxODoxMTo0NCArMDEwMA== date_gmt: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxODoxMTo0NCArMDEwMA== content: Thanks for the responses.I was initially just experiencing the frozen timeline but, by about midday, this had expanded to the error page I posted above; simply couldn't access my own page, profile or tweet button./me reaches for tweetdeck - id: 24 author: sallyosborn author_email: '' author_url: '' date: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxODo1ODoyMyArMDEwMA== date_gmt: !binary |- MjAxMC0wMy0xNCAxODo1ODoyMyArMDEwMA== content: Echofon (Twitter client) has been working all day, even though Twitter itself has indeed been down for much of it. ---
Tomorrow I plan to attend the Digital Researcher seminar day at the British Library.
It promises to be an excellent day providing insights on how researchers can best employ microblogging, social networking, social bookmarking/citations and many of the other nifty collaborative elements of the web that simply weren't there in the '90s.
I post this, today because, obviously, in a practice-driven seminar, there is expected to be a great deal of hands-on work. For instance, the event has its own Twitter hashtag (#DR10) and all participants have been encouraged to register Twitter accounts.
There is, however, a problem with entrusting all our data to the cloud. Twitter is down. My account originally had a frozen timeline. It is now entirely inaccessible. Obligatory screenshot provided.
When running events that depend on technology completely outside of our control, we become hostage to Silicon Valley. The centralization of services brings convenience at the expense of disempowerment. We only tend to notice this when service fail, but it is, in fact, an omni-present danger; vendor (including service provider) lock-in.
That said, let's hope the fail whale has disappeared by tomorrow.