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Do Constant Outages Make You Want to Abandon a Service?

Yesterday, Twitter was briefly down, citing a 503 error (server overload!), and the Twitter world sighed. It's not exactly an uncommon occurrence.

In fact, loving Twitter means really loving it, warts and all, because when you're addicted, it's hard to come to grips with an outage (cue the line "Twitter is down! Twitter is down!").

Unfortunately, I've heard some people grumble that Twitter's service failures just make them want to quit. I don't know if I'd go that far, but I have to say, I've given up on a website out of frustration: I recently swore off a smaller invitation website when everyone I'd invited to a party got constant 500s, some so much that they could never RSVP.

What about you? Have the failures of a website ever frustrated you to the point of quitting?

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Complexitii Complexitii 8 years
It's very frustrating, but when it works, it works easily... unlike other sites that often never worked in the first place... those I give up on.
THMeeks THMeeks 8 years
And Twitter is down again right now! Grrr. It doesn't make me want to give them up, but it does make me practice deep breathing. The Internet is fabulous when it works, but scream inducing when it doesn't--like children, it acts up at the worst possible times.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
I don't twitter as a method of time-management. I know that once I start, like facebook, I will be addicted. I need to make sure I have time to make art, exercise, and disconnect from the world at large.
caroline_1 caroline_1 8 years
Getting the Fail Whale is frustrating, yes, but it's not a dealbreaker.. Facebook gets screwy once and awhile (mostly since the FriendFeed addition) but, again, no biggie. They're important and useful tools (to me) and I don't mind the infrequent rough patches; with the internet, they're bound to happen.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
Twitter's frequent downtime doesn't make me considering quitting, but it is somewhat frustrating. I understand I have little room to complain because the service is free, but still, losing tweets while out and about (e.g. texting tweets from your mobile, sending twitpics, etc.) isn't fun.
falnfenix falnfenix 8 years
i only get truly annoyed when i'm paying for a service and i'm not getting what i've paid for...but generally those sites i pay for service will do what they can to rectify the day(s) of missed service by giving paid accounts extra paid time.
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