I’m at Twitter HQ in a lobby full of tech reporters. Live coverage of the company’s news event is happening here–join me…
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A buch of tech journalists–including me–have been invited to an event at Twitter headquarters tomorrow afternoon. (We’ve been asked to show up by 3:45pm.) I don’t know what the topic is (guesses welcome!) but this is the first such event at Twitter that I can remember.
I’ll liveblog the news as it happens at Technologizer.com/twitter_event, and I hope you’ll drop by to see what’s up…
This Wednesday, September 8th at 9:30am PT, Google is holding an event at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. It says attendees will have the opportunity to “share our latest technological innovation and to get an inside look at the evolution of Google search.” Which is vague but intriguing.
I’ll be there in person–and will liveblog the news as it happens at technologizer.com/google-sep2010. Hope to see you then…
Greetings from New York. RIM’s BlackBerry event starts at 11am ET (8am for you west coasters). I’m there and hope you’ll join me.
Quick reminder: I’ll be at Google headquarters for its product announcement this morning–possibly relating to new social features in Gmail–and will be covering it live at technologizer.com/google. Join me. won’t you?
For the past few Apple product launches–and other events such as Google’s recent Nexus One phone rollout–I’ve been providing real-time coverage using a free service called CoverItLive. Folks often tell me that Technologizer’s live coverage is swifter than that of larger sites, and I’m quick to give CoverItLive full credit–it’s proven a really good way to post live updates (and photos) with as little delay as possible.
I’ve thought of the service as a secret weapon–but today, it wasn’t a secret at all. The Yerba Buena Center, where Apple held its event, was dense with journalists. A meaningful percentage were liveblogging the news. And a meaningful percentage of those were using CoverItLive, including some great big sites.
CoverItLive couldn’t keep up. A few minutes after Steve Jobs took the stage, I found that my updates were appearing on the site only after a lengthy, atypical delay. Then I couldn’t get into CoverItLive at all. It wasn’t clear at first what was going on–Verizon coverage was unusually iffy–but it eventually became clear that CoverItLive had croaked under the weight of multiple livebloggers and untold numbers of viewers. (We had thousands at Technologizer alone)
Part way into the morning’s proceedings, CoverItLive snapped back to life, and it worked well for the remainder of the event. My thanks to everyone who hung around until we were back in action, and I apologize to everyone who stopped by and found the liveblogging had stalled, or who weren’t able to get into CoverItLive at all. The service has proven remarkably robust in the past, but I’ll have a backup plan in place next time around.
Oh, and here’s a note I received this afternoon from Keith McSpurren, president of CoverItLive:
Needless to say, we failed you and our users today. I take the early support you threw behind CiL very seriously and it’s a very personal issue for me when I let someone like you down.
We did everything we could to prepare for this and had monitoring set up at amazon and rackspace. In the end, we screwed it up on a few servers as we started to double the capacity versus the last one of these.
Thanks for throwing one of the few positive tweets our way.
McSpurren also told me that the company’s working on strategies to prevent widespread problems in the future, such as walling off each user so that overload in one event doesn’t overflow into others. There’s so much that’s good about CoverItLive that I hope the service is indeed able to make today’s meltdown a one-time affair…
Just a quick reminder: Twelve hours from now, at 10am PT, I’ll be sitting in the audience at Apple headquarters for the event at which the company will tell us at least something about what’s next for the iPhone. And I’ll liveblog it all as it happens at www.technologizer.com/iphone3. Please consider this your personal invitation to join me and chime in with comments and questions. See you then, I hope!
Here’s the post where I’ll liveblog the keynote here at Microsoft’s PDC in Los Angeles, starting at 8:30am PT Tuesday morning. It’ll be the first time that Microsoft has talked about Windows 7 in public in anything more than vague terms. And I’d be pleased if you’d join me.
(Shameless self-promotion: Some of the folks who attended my CoverItLive coverage of this month’s Apple notebook event said it was a faster way to get the news than the liveblogs conducted by those big name-brand sites.)
Oh, and here’s my extensive hands-on look at Windows 7, with plenty of screens.
No rumors. No predictions. No misinformation. Just the facts about Apple’s new portables, straight from Apple’s campus. Join Harry as the MacBook Pro he bought in June suddenly becomes an antique. Our liveblog of the press event starts at 10am Cupertino time.