What To Do During A Twitter Outage

Today, Thursday, one of my biggest Twitter Chat days and Twitter goes down and goes down HARD. What to do with a Twitter Outage?! It was bad enough that Amazon went down about 8-9 hours ago in the middle of an order, but now a Twitter outage? What’s a girl to do?

So, I decided to come up with a list of items to do when you have a Twitter Outage. Ready?

Write an article

Hmmm... What should I write about?

Hey, seems to work for me and you are reading such an article now. Get creative. Write about the outage, like I’m doing here. Thank Twitter for the opportunity they have given you to get past your writer’s block. You’ve written the article? Tweet me (couldn’t resist), with your article link @SocialWebCafe.




Create That New Look

Creating a new look!

Admit it. You’ve been looking for that new “look,” right? Why not pull out the nail polish, the wild lip color and those curlers that have been gathering dust and re-make yourself? Seriously though, is it time to tweak your blog, too? Everyone will be too busy checking Twitter and reloading their browsers, hoping that Twitter will magically reappear. They won’t even notice that you are adding and tweaking plugins on your blog, will they? Seize the moment.



Pick Fleas Off a Loved One

Picking the fleas off a friend's back.

Been wanting to groom not only yourself, but your mate or friend? Learn from the monkeys and have at it. And, you can even watch TV while you are doing it! Seriously, though, maybe it is time to re-organize your desk, or your tool chest, or your friend’s tool chest. Great opportunity to give, whether it is to your loved one or, even yourself!

Watch Paint Dry

Watching paint dry...

Ever hear the phrase, “Watch Paint Dry?” Have you ever wondered what it is like to watch paint dry? (That means you need a life beyond Twitter!) Well, here is your chance. Glop some paint on something and watch it dry. That should take your mind off Twitter (as it seeps into the wall, down, down, into the carpet…). Seriously, though, maybe it is time that you expand your horizons and see what kind of art you can create. It may be your opportunity to instagram it and use it for your web site! Don’t forget to Pin it when you are done so the rest of us can see your work of art!.

Yakk on Skype Chat


Why not? I mean, look at all of the time you are saving by not tweeting. You ought to reward yourself and take some time to yakk on Skype or your favorite chat program (or the telephone, for that matter). I mean, here is your opportunity to find healthy ways to vent your frustration about the Twitter outage. And, on the serious side, is it relationship-building time? You could even call some clients and make some money (or your mom or mother-in-law)..

So, there you have it, some ideas for you the next time that there is a Twitter Outage.

Oh, is that Twitter I hear? Is the Twitter Outage over and it is back up? Back up to stay? Talk to you later…

P.S. Stay tuned for the next Twitter Outage and I’ll add to the list. I’m sure that will give opportunity for more creative ideas. 🙂

31 comments… add one
  • Simmeon Jul 27, 2012 @ 3:10

    Hey Deborah,

    How much time do you personally spend on Twitter?
    I use it minimally so I never even knew Twitter went down.
    We should never be in a place where we need to think what do when a social media website is down, that would mean we are using it too often and not focusing on other things that progress us?

    • Deborah E. Anderson Jul 31, 2012 @ 19:31

      Thanks, Simmeon. I do see your point. However, in my case, Twitter went down during a scheduled Twitter Chat, and I had some professional responsibilities in that chat. For that reason, it was quite evident, since the chat stopped dead cold. Since I needed to watch for it to come back up, to recover the chat process, I had a little fun and wrote this article. But, I do agree that we should not be married to any particular social media platform 24/7. Good and valid point, Simmeon.

  • Matt Alhaarth Jul 27, 2012 @ 15:20

    How about spending some time on Google+ or is that a swear word to Twitter lovers?

    • Deborah E. Anderson Jul 31, 2012 @ 19:32

      You crack me up, Matt. Good one 🙂 No, Google+ is not a swear word, and very good idea to check it out while Twitter is down. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  • Abhishek Jul 27, 2012 @ 23:45

    I dont use twitter much vis a vis other social media platforms so was not much bothered about it going down. For me, FB and Linkedin are the best platforms and the time I spent on them yields a good return.

    • Deborah E. Anderson Jul 31, 2012 @ 19:34

      Hi Abhishek. Good to know that FB and LinkedIn are serving you well. I agree that I have had some good returns via FB. And, it is certainly understandable that if you do not use a platform as much, an outage would not be as much of an impact.

  • Theresa Torres Jul 29, 2012 @ 5:10

    Hi Deborah,
    Great ideas! I like the picking fleas activity. During weekends, I always have my youngest son pluck my ever increasing short white hairs.

    Fortunately (or not), I’m not a Twitter user and won’t notice if it goes down but if ever Dropbox or Evernote has an outage, then I will be biting my nails or counting my hair.

    • Deborah E. Anderson Jul 31, 2012 @ 19:37

      Love it, Theresa. I should have included plucking hairs 🙂

      I can understand if Dropbox or Evernote. With Evernote, and only checking some things at certain intervals, it would seem you would lose the processing during that time. Well, the same could be said about any outage, including Twitter. Sometimes I think there is a brilliant thought coming and out comes a re-stating of the obvious! lol

  • erwin Aug 3, 2012 @ 2:29

    You are very creative and clever. If I had something like that, then I would prefer to go to rest, but after reading your article I got some fresh ideas about what should I do if the sites are like twitter and Amazon went down.

    • Deborah E. Anderson Aug 3, 2012 @ 22:31

      Thanks, Erwin. I would love to hear your ideas of what to do during an Amazon or Twitter outage. Send me a link (feel free to post here) when you write a post on it . -Deborah

  • Adoel Aug 3, 2012 @ 23:30

    When twitter down all very boring. But i spend my times to chat with friends or go to facebook.

    • Deborah E. Anderson Aug 26, 2012 @ 14:10

      Very true, Adoel. All we need is some way to connect to those friends, and I, too, like using Facebook, as well.

  • the seo portal Sep 3, 2012 @ 23:39

    I think this complete the list of task that we can do for twitter

  • Mahogany Furniture Sep 5, 2012 @ 20:18

    i almost spend my spare time for use twitter. it could more add my science also add friendship in online world..

    • Deborah E. Anderson Sep 12, 2012 @ 1:21

      Hi there. Yes, Twitter is a great place to meet new friends and communicate with the click of a button.

  • mahabub Jun 28, 2013 @ 6:27

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    • Deborah E. Anderson Jun 29, 2013 @ 21:12

      Glad you found it helpful, mahabub. I wrote it, just for fun, during a Twitter Chat outage that was supposed to be a Twitter event.

  • khairul Jun 30, 2013 @ 3:22

    Its a great posting. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • kairul Jul 7, 2013 @ 3:43

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  • Aime Jones Oct 16, 2013 @ 0:56

    Hi Deborah
    Thanks for this article !
    All the ideas are great and can be tried easily.Will definitely try all of them.


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