Fail Whales and Great Web Design
I just was trying to make a few tweets and twitter seems to be down, and I am again struck by how great the fail whale is.
Usually the emotion after a web service stops working is furious anger. How could you do this to me you stupid site!
But not Twitter. The Fail Whale is so calming I am almost glad when the site is down. He looks so happy to be out of the water. He’ll be back in soon enough firing our tweets around, but for now he’s just flying around. How can you get mad about that?
This is an example of brilliant web design. When the site fails, you actually enjoy it and it makes you feel peaceful. More sites should be like this. That is all.