The attack on Twitter last week wreaked so much havoc on the micro-blogging site that the outage is now referred to as a Twitpocalypse. Even the smiling whale page announcing “Twitter is over capacity” wasn’t visible because log-in was impossible for two hours. The DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks knocked the micro-blogging service offline on Thursday and reduced service levels for a much longer period. The twitter meltdown raised questions concerning security in the digital age and how it’s a bad idea to rely on a closed, singular service provider – imagine only having one email service!
Proponents of the Open Micro-Blogging movement believe it’s time for Twitter to become an open source platform to allow other players into the space, and ensure resiliency and redundancy in the micro-blogging world. But for those looking to escape Twitter, there are alternatives available. Google has Jaiku, providing all the tools to instantly create your own micro-blogging site. Another service named Laconica is free, open source, and also uses the 140 character model to facilitate communications for a community, company or group. And Plurk’s emergence offers a similar Twitter functionality but has a user interface aimed mainly at teens.