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Is Facebook Following Twitter’s Downtime Methodology?

Posted on: May 22, 2008 I Written By

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Today I was trying to click through to Facebook and got a screen saying “Your account is temporarily unavailable due to site maintenance. It should be available again within a few hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
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Of course, this all comes a day after Michael Arrington declared on Twitter that Facebook was loading faster than ever. I actually tried it myself when I saw the tweet and he was right. Facebook was zippy last night. Too bad tonight they decided to follow the twitter model and declare that “It should be available again within a few hours.” Nice of Facebook to leave it vague so that it can be down more than a few hours.

Seriously? Did Facebook actually post on their website that I have to wait a few hours for my Facebook addiction? Seems like Facebook might want to recruit a few more Google engineers that can find a way to recover/update in less then a few hours.

Online Collaboration Tool – Vyew

Posted on: May 8, 2008 I Written By

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I’ve always been interested in the collaboration tools available on the internet. I’ve also always felt that there had to be something better out there. In fact, it’s been a topic of many discussions on Cambrian House. You see, Cambrian House is a website where people are trying to collaborate with a large crowd of people in order to build an idea. The question is how do you easily organize a group of people who are from all over the world?

Today I found something I want to try called Vyew. It’s an ad supported site with a premium service for those that don’t want the ads. I haven’t tried it yet, but soon I want to give it a whirl. I think that I might do it with the great group of people that have been working on my Spoil On website. I’ll let you know how it goes.

If you know of any other sites that are similar or better, then let me know.

Sometimes It’s Ok to Cry

Posted on: May 2, 2008 I Written By

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Today at work I went to a farewell event for the VP of my area. She had worked for a lot of years at our University and had a number of very close friends. A few of them in their remarks were brought to tears. Someone next to me, asked why they were crying.

While I don’t usually admit this type of thing in public, I’m definitely a crier. My mom’s side of the family is happy to take the blame, but I’ll be completely honest that I’m not afraid to cry when something touches me. No, I wasn’t crying today for this departed VP. I didn’t know her that well, but I did appreciate the great food they had at the party. However, I did cry today reading this incredible sports story.