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This journal is written by Kuma (Felis catus) and Kuma's owner Y (homo sapiens). We have moved from Japan to Australia in 2011.

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2017-03-22 21:50   The tact when it needed

Y (Kuma's owner)

I still clearly remember the day I made an account on Twitter, it was on the 10th March, 2011. I had been having a little interest in Twitter and made my account just on a whim. I told a friend of mine that I made an account and the first day of Twitter ended without knowing what will happen on next day.

As you know, next day was the day that the massive earthquake struck Fukushima, Japan. I could use the telephone at home but I heard that some telephone lines had communication disorders. Then, what people who couldn't connect the telephone lines did was use Twitter. The Twitter account I didn't expect much that I would use often was very helpful after the earthquake happened. I exchanged information through Twitter with my friend that night.

If you have an account on Twitter, maybe you have seen the page which is indicated as a whale with a text, "Twitter is over capacity." (At the time I made a Twitter account, the page indicated a white whale, but maybe they have changed the design now.) If a huge amount of people access Twitter at the same time, the server would be down. But that day, the Twitter server didn't go down. Connecting Twitter helped so many people, especially people who couldn't use telephone lines.

After a while, I saw an article which was written about why the server of Twitter didn't go down on that day. According to the article, one engineer who worked for Twitter heard the news that a massive earthquake had happened in Japan. He remembered that there were unopened servers in the cardboard boxes in the computer room. He thought if people cannot access Twitter, people in Japan may take a secondary damage. He added servers for Japanese Twitter users using his own judgment, and that was the reason Twitter didn't down that day.

I'm very sure that one engineer's tact saved lots of people. On the article, there's no name, it just indicated "He." I couldn't find his name but whoever he was, I would like to say thank you, you did a remarkable job on that day. Thank you very much.

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