TechCrunch once said that Twitter may not have to worry about uptime any more because “I now need Twitter more than Twitter needs me.” After hours of downtime every month and even if the early adopters have migrated to Friendfeed the masses are content to stay and wait it out.
Hitwise has released their latest Twitter usage data, and despite the recent and multiple appearances by the fail whale Twitter is showing some resilience. That share of users that return to Twitter is the same at around 55%. Even through the constant downtime and missing features no one cares enought to try out any competing services.
Twitter site traffic is also growing, going from .0004% of all internet traffic in January to .0024% in July with Twitter’s nearest competitor seeing about 1/10th of that.
For some reason people just wont leave Twitter no matter how badly they screw up, most likely, because their friends are already there.