Twitter was down for quite some time yesterday. Once upon a time, that was an annoyance. But not anymore. Now, when Twitter goes down, it’s a full-on problem. Twitter is no longer simply a place where people come to make jokes and drop quickie status updates. It’s practically infrastructure: a core component of the global communications system. Twitter is too big, too grown up, too vital to experience significant downtime anymore.
Twitter is not just a social network for chatting with your bros anymore. Sure it has social aspects, and they’re key to its ability to amplify. But its true nature is as a globally distributed, real-time information delivery system. It is the definition of breaking news. Twitter is increasingly the key place where information is born–stuff that maybe starts with one person but is important to the whole world.