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If Google Were Really Evil…

By - July 26, 2012

My morning routine was interrupted today in a big way – because Twitter was down. I hadn’t realized how much I depend on the service for any number of things, from tossing out the headline or two that I find interesting as I read my feeds, to checking the status of the conversation around stuff I’ve written the day before, to logging into other services I use through my Twitter account. In short, this morning when Twitter went down, much of my Internet experience did as well.

Huh.  Anyway, I wanted to see if this was a local thing, or if a lot of folks were experiencing it, so I went to Google+ and asked. Within a minute, I had ten responses, nine people said Twitter was down for them as well. In five minutes, it was 21 of 22. That’s a lot of engagement.

So I got to thinking….if Google was really evil, it’d do something like this when Twitter goes down:











I’m kidding, of course, but there are a heckuva lot of Chrome users who are getting this message from Chrome right now….and do every so often.  If Google really wanted to make a stir….

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13 thoughts on “If Google Were Really Evil…

  1. Haha! That’s funny. Sadly, I still don’t think many people would care about G+. 

    • johnbattelle says:

      Just poking fun. Knowing Google, if they ever were to do this, they’d test the crap out of it, and it actually converted, well, the numbers are the numbers.

  2. Daniel Fleck says:

    I don’t know how well that would work considering Google Talk was also having issues this morning…

    • johnbattelle says:

      It’s back up. Wonder what happened at Twitter. I can only imagine it was a total meltdown, because they are usually not down for this long.

  3. Eric Black says:

    Also the kind of think that antirust suits are made of. 

    • johnbattelle says:

      I don’t know if that’s true. There’s nothing wrong with identifying a signal, and leveraging it. It’s what everyone does.

  4. anuj_agarwal says:

    We don’t value a good coffee until we have a real bad one. 30 mins without twitter, and it seemed like i got handicapped. I just cudn’t do any browsing even outside twitter. Twitter is just 10x more awesome then i ever thought.

  5. smartmobilesigns says:

    Never heard that before