Yesterday afternoon a power outage shut down Typepad, Second Life, Netflix, Livejournal, Vox, Movable Type, Typepad, Craigslist, Technorati, Yelp, Red Envelope, CNet, and a bunch of other sites (and the baseball stadium and other actual-world stuff in San Francisco).
Yeah, no, I didn't notice either.
But what was interesting was when Signal vs. Noise noticed that the Twitter stream from Six Apart (the company that runs Livejournal, Vox, Movable Type and Typepad) was one of the few ways to get any news online about what was going on during the outage.
That's the first Twitter use that's made sense to me. I've tried, but don't get it otherwise. But now I see how Twitter vs. internet is kind of analagous to SMS vs. cell phones, I guess, so in emergencies it's similarly useful.
Okay. But I still prefer the status updates on Facebook.