Super outages. That irritating thing that residents of south Delhi faced on Tuesday? That moan-inducing phenomenon that is making a revival in Kolkata? That headache that rain-pelted Mumbaikars are dreading? Nope, we’re talking about the catastrophic, civilisation-regressing two-and-a-half hour shutdown of Twitter. We don’t quite know how the twitterati reacted to the trail of devastation left behind by the temporary problem of tweeting silence, but the fact that life may have to do without Twitter has been driven home.
The outage was reportedly caused by the website’s failure to upgrade the system for the purpose of enhancing ‘Twitter places’, by which users would have been able to highlight tweets around a specific geographical location. Luddites and religiously-inclined nuts have already blamed an unhealthy reliance on technology and people living in sin being a prime cause for the perilous shutdown. Trauma centres have already reported the ‘Crusoe Syndrome’ affecting thousands. Symptoms range from feeling ‘utterly alone in this universe’ to ‘nausea at the thought of not being able to tweet about not being able to tweet’.
Thankfully, Twitter is up and running again. Unsurprisingly, top topics on the microblogging site since its revival have been angry tweets against Twitter. The beached whale icon, the dreaded ‘beach whale’, has already become akin to the inverted swastika, and industry-watchers are now awaiting something far more apocalyptic: the belief that Twitter was not always present in our lives. As the saying goes: that would be the beginning of the end of communication within 140 characters.