Stories by Paul McNamara

Social networks all over the map on reliability

That Twitter had more downtime last year (84 hours) than any of 15 social network sites measured by an uptime monitoring service should surprise no one: The site's "fail whale" is so famous it was just featured in the New York Times.

Twitter limits searches on site ... why?

Two Twitter questions have been nagging at me: Why on Earth would Twitter limit the number of searches a user may conduct -- a typical, relatively new user, such as me, not some piggy third-party app or bot?

Google has gone and redefined 'beta'

The question of why so many Google products are classified "beta" -- and classified thusly for so long -- has knocked around the tech press for some time. However, no one really seemed to know the answer, at least no one outside of Google.

Fooling Google News is this easy

I did it yesterday. Not that I was trying, mind you -- honestly, I wasn't. I did, however, predict it would happen, so I'm going to take this opportunity to gloat about that.

Five reasons 'virtual marriage' won't happen

Gartner analyst Adam Sarner insists that he's serious when he predicts that binding [[ArtId:939030612|"virtual marriages"]] will be a reality by 2015. He says such couples -- including those who have never met in person -- will enjoy the same propert...

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