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Twitter Stays Afloat

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Political technologists joked on Facebook that Obama's inaugural today created such an online surge that it "broke the Internet" and sites streaming live video sagged under the weight of demand. But one site with a history of outages manged to stay live, other than a few relatively short-lived blips.

Twitter, the popular microblogging site now used by many major media corporations, including The Washington Post, managed not to go down today -- despite experiencing a major surge in use.

"During the peak of our traffic we saw about 5x our normal tweets-per-second," said Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in an e-mail, queried about some flickering of the site earlier today. "Overall, Twitter held up fine although some people did experience a 2-5 minute delay receiving new updates."

Staying afloat during a demand spike of this kind is an achievement for the San Francisco-based company, which in 2008 experienced such frequent outages that a microgenre of blog posts ribbing the firm developed and the company became the subject of a single-serving domain devoted to answering the frequently asked question "Is Twitter Down?"

The answer there this morning came as a relief to all who were relying on the service: "No."

Posted at 9:14 PM ET on Jan 20, 2009  | Category:  New Media
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44th President Barack Obama and the 1968 "Game of the Century"

On this day January 20, 2009 Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African American and 44th President of the United States.

41-years ago on this same day College Basketball would be put on the map forever when the #1 ranked UCLA Bruins would bring their 47-game win streak into the Houston Astrodome to play the #2 ranked Houston Cougars to determine who was the best team in the country.

This would be the first nationally televised college basketball game and would be known as the "Game of the Century".

The "Game of the Century" is ranked #11 on the list of the Top 100 Sports Moments of the 20th Century.

The Bruins (13-0) were led by Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) the best player in the country. UCLA was also the defending NCAA Champions.

Elvin Hayes and his #2 Cougars (14-0) were up to challenge and matched the Bruins basket for basket. Hayes was the best player on the court this night with Alcindor playing with an eye injury.

Hayes nicknamed the "Big E" scored 39 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, with 8 block shots. He blocked Alcindor's shot 3 times. Houston would beat UCLA 71-69 with Hayes hitting 2 free-throws with seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Hayes wore the #44 for Hosuton as Barack Obama a basketball fan himself becomes the 44th President of the United States.

Other notable basketball player legends to wear the #44:

Jerry West (NBA logo), Pistol Pete Maravich, Dan Issel (ABA/NBA legend), George "Ice Man" Gervin (ABA/NBA legend), David Thompson (1974 NCAA Champion), Derrick Coleman (NCAA and NBA star).

Basball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, and Willie McCovey all wore the #44.

Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, and Ernie Davis of Syracuse University the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy both wore the #44.

Congratulations to President Barack Obama America's 44th President.

Posted by: DunkadelicTV | January 21, 2009 6:49 AM

Today was a good day for our nation. We made a peaceful change of power in a way that should bring pride to every patriot.

President Bush and Laura Bush served our country, he kept is promise to keep us safe.

To those who recognize that the office of our President is to be respected, this comment is not to you. To those who booed as President Bush stood next to the incoming President Obama, shame on you. You may not agree with the politics, but respect the office. You were a disgrace.

As for me, I wish out new President and his family the very best. I have doubts on what he'll be able to achieve.

I will pray for him and respect the office even when I disagree.

It's time for the narrow minded "progressive" babies to grow up. The ball is in your court now.

Oregon Mom

Posted by: epicwolf1 | January 21, 2009 2:40 AM

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