Waves of reality are rippling throughout the Internet. Whenever the monolithic Google is unavailable for a period of time, users feel like they're returned to a late 90's dark age where the rainbow logoed search giant hasn't yet achieved complete dominance... and they're not sure how to deal without the provided services. We talk to Josh Lowensohn of CNET, and Christina Warren of Download Squad about their Google-less backup plans. Josh points out the problem with this outage wasn't just the lack of access to Google, but any sites who had Google Analytics installed failed to properly load, causing a greater network effect of issues. Christina shared with us some of her backup plans for general outages, but also wondered if it wasn't smart for people with mission critical business operations to go it alone, or forge some sort of backup in case Google's big bad servers become unavailable.
Speaking of outages, one service notorious for downtime had some unplanned problems of its own yesterday. Twitter changed a setting which had users in an uproar, followed by some planned maintenance during the day, and then unplanned problems at night. We talk about the situation, and why despite the problems, Twitter seems to be doing just fine.
Are you a Twitter Qwitter? When will you give up on the service? Also, do you have backup plans in case of a Google outage? How do you deal with smaller outages, like local problems?