During and about an hour after the debate this Tuesday I tried to use Twitter, without much success.
I had to reload the site many times before I managed to get in, only to be greeted by a clunky, DOS-like interface, which after a few tries did lead me to the main Twitter page. I attribute these problems to not enough bandwidth to handle the debate traffic.
Once there, I was able to compose a Tweet, but not send it, as the “Tweet” button on my page was nowhere in sight, though it did re-appear the next morning.
While trying to use Twitter, I noticed post-debate news stories based on Tweets from the hip and famous, which leads me to conclude that Twitter has a class system that pushes the hip to the front of clogged message queue and locks out ordinary Joes.
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.