I hate that stupid whale. I also hate seeing "Limited Exceeded, Updates Paused for 5 minutes" which really turns into 15-30 minutes.
I really don't like Plurk all that much. I think it has a sucky, un-user friendly interface. I think it's like setting 8 years olds loose in Dylan's Candy Bar. There is so much going on, you can't figure out where or how to get things to work, and there's no way to really track people who are "@"ing at you. In Dylan's do you go for the new candy, or the retro candy, do you keep your eyes on the 8 year olds, or do you go after that last bag of Charleston Chews? This is what Plurk is like for me.
I find Plurk very distracting. Not clean and easy like Twitter, I think that has to do with my programming background where I love clean linear code. I couldn't even think of letting a client near Plurk at this time. Maybe that's good for Plurk - less marketers.
But here's the thing. At least there is an interface to have a conversation on. A sucky interface is better than no interface at all Twitter. I'm not alone in thinking this either, some of your most prolific twitterers, are now holding their conversations on Plurk.
Today is the WWDC (world wide developers conference) by Apple, where Steve Jobs is expected to unveil the new iPhone. The last conference Steve Jobs was at, Twitterers brought down Twitter in the blink of an eye. Scoble himself has raised your ire, because he is a prolific user (and can likely bring your service down too). You're scalability issues have now become your Achilles heel.
Today, we're slowed to 10 requests an hour. Heck I'm not even getting that coming through, and when I go to Twitter's page, instead of using Twhirl, I get that stupid whale picture.
Twitter, you just got funding. Twitter, you really need to wake up and realize, people will go where the conversations are happening, right now that conversation isn't happening on your service because you are always BROKEN or limiting the use. Dear Twitter, use your funding to fix this, and fix it fast.
Twitter, your conversations are going to Plurk - no matter how sucky I think their interface is.
*Hattip to Mack Collier for the inspirational blog post title.