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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

10 responses to “Social Media Hysteria”

  1. Geoff Arnold

    Actually I think your critics got it exactly right. Your original comment was asinine. And if you really think that you were being “bullied” (even unintentionally), you’re crazy.

    Of course it’s legitimate to compare the way in which IT departments responded to 9/11 with the way they deal with other kinds of service disruptions. I was working for Sun Microsystems at the time, and I remember how we helped customers to shift workloads, set up temporary data centers, and implement all sorts of fixes.

    But thinking back to that period, when we were doing all of this while dealing with the emotional aspects of the situation – the death of friends, the uncertainty about further attacks – it becomes very clear that your originally Tweeted assertion is simply wrong. The two situations are NOT comparable. You weren’t “insensitive but making a legitimate point”; you were making a bad argument with a stupid analogy.

    The smart thing to do would have been to blow it off with an “oops, my bad” Tweet. Your blog piece, with its attempt to link the reactions to “mass hysteria”, betrays a grotesque failure of imagination.

  2. Jeff Schneider (@jeffrschneider)

    Krish – just curious, what city were you in on 9/11?

  3. Alan Bleiweiss (@AlanBleiweiss)

    Actually any effort at invoking a reference to 9/11, a date in which thousands of people lost their lives, a true human tragedy that caused untold suffering for their families and friends, truly is distasteful at best, and deplorable at worst. It’s heartless. That you claim anyone who brings this up to your attention is somehow bullying you says volumes about your total lack of class in the situation.

  4. Kristy

    “Mass hysteria”? It’s clear you are prode for dramatics.

    i will say this sir, I did not intend to bully you. I did however intend to call out the incredulous nature of your statement. Comparing AWS outages to 9/11 is truly disgusting. I stand by that. Regardless of the context you believe I am missing.

    During the 9/11 tragedy thousands of people were killed. More were injured and an entire country was brought to its knees. This is a far, far cry from Pinterest being down, okay? That’s my point. Using the 9/11 emergency as fodder for overdramatic statements on Twitter – and now to use this post as a way of trying to defensively save face and ultimately make us look bad? No sir, I’m sorry – but you are the one who is out of line here.

  5. Michael Streko (@streko)

    +1 Kristy.

  6. @bahoo

    Yours was the hysterical comment, Mr. Krishnan. What you tagged “random late night blabber” I would consider “statement I just didn’t think out very well.” Given that, and given that you perhaps unwittingly equated Instagram being down for 12 hours to one of the most infamous acts of terror in recent history, I would humbly suggest you bow out of this one. :)

  7. Jen Sable Lopez

    Perhaps in your head you did this: “I compared the situation after such outages with the kind of issues organizations in New York were facing after 9/11 in the context of business continuity.” But with only 140 characters, what came across was you comparing AWS outages with 9/11 IN GENERAL. Not cool, and you should be completely ashamed.

    Then you turn around and try to deflect YOUR insensitive statement, by making it seem that someone calling you out on it was being a bully? Time to put your big boy pants on and grow up.

    I hope you’ve learned the lessons that 1. sometimes your best intentions don’t come across on twitter, 2. Don’t relate 9/11 to anything, really and 3. when you’re a jerk, own up to it rather than make it someone else’s fault.

  8. 9/11

    You are an idiot

  9. Ben Kepes (@benkepes)

    Maybe some of those getting all pent up in here should study grammar 101 so that they can actually understand the context and intent of Krish’s tweet. thereafter they might actually be in a position to comment, until then they’re just rabble rousers looking for an argument. Meh, move on…