I have to admit that I don't tune into Twitter much as I can't even keep up with Facebook, Activerain, Linked In, and Plaxo. However, Barbara Alteri has a great idea for how to use Twitter like a Google search engine.
Twitter Really Has It Going On For Real-time News!
Got up this morning and went to check my phone as usual for overnight emails. Uh..oh. Nothing since late last night. Ok. This has happened before. Just shut the phone off and bring it back up, and the emails should come in. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
I checked my email settings and noticed that I couldn't connect to the Blackberry mail server. Hmm..Ok. I can get on the internet, I can get my emails downloaded to my desktop, I can see the emails on my company server software, so it's definitely related to Blackberry.
What do I do? Well the typical. Take the battery out. Take the sim card out. Restart. And....nothing. Went through this drill 3x. Sent multiple test messages.
Ok. Time to search around on the internet. I found ONE comment on a forum indicating someone was having the same problem.
Have to call AT&T. Long wait in the queue. THEN, I thought, I should check Twitter.
So, I searched ‘Blackberry outage' and low and behold, I found my answer.
There was a nationwide outage, lots of complaining, BUT I knew I was not alone AND I could stop spinning my wheels and wasting time trying to get my phone to work. I was really surprised at the number of tweets and the detail in them.
I should have thought of checking Twitter first, but you know how you think it's YOUR problem first and you try to fix it? ....when in reality you have nothing to do with it as it's a system problem?
Live and learn....Checking Twitter as soon as I knew I had an issue would have saved me a LOT of time earlier. Twitter really has it going on for realtime news!
Have to run....my phone is dinging like crazy now!