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Google goes down, Twitter stays up, pigs fly

Maybe the stars were out of alignment but a temporary reversal of fortune drives home the fragility of life on the computing cloud. So as a user, what can you do?

This was one of those rare events in the calendar: Google's Gmail went down for the count while Twitter, everyone's regular punching bag, was full of chatterers who couldn't stop blabbing about the outage.

As my colleague Dan Farber recently reminded everyone in these pages, sometimes it does rain on the cloud. That's just the nature of cloud computing, which is still in its relative infancy. Truth be told, considering the load being shouldered, I'm more surprised that systems aren't breaking more often than they do.

For more, check out the video interview I did with Webware's Rafe Needleman on the CNET News Daily Debrief.