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Failing marks for live social media at MacWorld

MacWorld 2008 brought lots of anticipation and excitement to the new media world. New devices, new toys, etc. What it didn’t bring was new infrastructure to popular net-based services like uStream.tv and Twitter, both of which suffered badly under load, in some cases becoming inoperable.

Here’s the scary thought. Twitter buckled under load. uStream buckled under load. Back during Katrina, there was talk about how the Internet could act as a channel during a crisis, helping keep people connected when other options failed. Based on the performance of two presence/real-time applications today, with a known, planned event, I wouldn’t put these applications in your emergency first aid kit as dependable.

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