It seems that rumours were right that the downing of twitter yesterday afternoon originated in the dispute between Russia and Georgia.
This from the BBC
the strike was aimed at a pro-Georgian blogger known as Cyxymu.Specifically, the person is an activist blogger and a botnet was directed to request his pages at such a rate that it impacted service for other users."
Meanwhile what was it like to be without twitter?
This from Mark Evans
For hard-core Twitter users, Twitter is their social media crack. Without a fix, it’s probably difficult for many of them to do what they want/need to do to sell, brand, market, promote and share.
Twitter’s outage illustrates how crucial is has become for many people, and a hour or two without Twitter can be difficult.