Why are social networks so unreliable…

…and why do we put up with it?

Lately, it seems that many social networks have become more and more unreliable and unpredictable. Twitter seems to be “over capacity” at least a few times each day, and even when it is available it fails to load all the way much of the time and followers seem to disappear randomly from follower lists. Recently, Facebook seems to be unavailable almost as much as Twitter, and pages, fans and wall posts seem to be disappearing quite a bit, with no explanation as to why from Facebook.

What’s more, it’s not just social networks, either. It seems that everything in the cloud seems to be experiencing issues and problems more and more lately. How many times has Gmail been down in the last few months?

My question is, why do we continue to put up with it, and, even more, why do we still seem so shocked when these things happen? Why do many businesses and institutions seem to rely so much on these tools? What are your thoughts on the matter?

By the way, this is the first blog post I’ve composed entirely on my iPhone, so please excuse any oddities or errors. Thank you.

One Response

  • Allen

    neat – first post on HTMLC via the iphone!

    I think people put up with it for 2 reasons:
    1. nothing better
    2. their friends are there

    if one of the smaller social nets was down as often as twitter is, people would leave in a minute.