Geoffrey Meredith
Thoughts on Technology


(posted on 6 Aug 2009)
Today's DDoS attack on Twitter highlights yet another reason why the Twitter approach to global communications is wrong.  One of the wonderful attributes of the Internet is that it provides a platform that for building distributed applications on.  Commercial operations repeatedly try to build centralized tools on this decentralized system.  These applications work at smaller scales but at a global scale, it is just not going to work well.  It will be brittle and susceptible to a single point of failure problems like DDoS attacks.