Psychology of Technology: Twitter Attack: Crisis of Discconnectivity

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve heard that Twitter was the victim of a180px-Failwhale cyberattack causing the popular social media to shut down for two hours last week. Well, if you live in the Land of Twitter you would have thought that it was 9/11 all over again. quoted one Twitter user as saying, “I was pretty upset, actually. It feels like a lifeline for me.” “It’s like my heart was gone” and “I felt so empty inside,” came from several other Tweeters. “Naked” and “jittery” were also used to describe how Tweeters felt during the blackout.

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Jim Taylor, Ph.D., Psychology, is a corporate consultant, speaker, and author. He hosts a personal blog at

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