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The StackOverflow maintenance page states:

Routine maintenance usually takes less than an hour. If this turns into an extended outage, we will post details on the status blog.

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Would it be worthwhile to add a latest tweet(s) from @StackStaus on this page as well?

As we saw today, the outage was short enough to not merit a blog post, but caused enough of an impact to post a tweet about.

It could be done either via the Twitter API or using the embed code (as provided by Twitter):

<a class="twitter-timeline" href="https://twitter.com/StackStatus" data-widget-id="443439711357370368">Tweets by @StackStatus</a>
<script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script>

StackStatus Twitter

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    And the same objections apply, only more so. When the 500 error message appears, the team is busy trying to fix the problem and not tweeting. Mar 11, 2014 at 17:44
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    Would a link to twitter.com/stackstatus suffice? Mar 11, 2014 at 17:49
  • Sure, a link would work too. I came to Meta to find a closed question of someone asking about the status, and a link to the tweet was a comment there. And thanks, @MartijnPieters, I didn't see that post in my initial search. I would argue that there probably isn't always going to be a tweet, but it is just another avenue for potential information. And hopefully like me, people who then go visit StackStatus will follow it, causing more awareness. Mar 11, 2014 at 17:52
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    @MarcGravell: Perhaps even embed a twitter timeline widget? It's just JS and served from the Twitter.com servers, after all. Mar 11, 2014 at 17:57
  • @MartijnPieters I can't disagree that something clientside is a good idea. Server-side is "out" for obvious reasons, but yes, it makes sense. That isn't a guarantee that it'll happen, but... it is hard to say "why not". Mar 11, 2014 at 18:06
  • @MarcGravell: Yeah, I know, it'll still take some work to alter the template and make sure it fits with the design, etc. etc. etc. :-P So it will happen in 6 to 8 weeks, right? Mar 11, 2014 at 18:09

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Adding a link sounds a very good idea, but very timely:

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Evidence that we're not the only #fail ;p

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  • We should just rename it #experience. What you get just after you need it.
    – user102937
    Mar 11, 2014 at 18:09
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    You broke Twitter so the minor SE outage would pale in comparison. Brilliant.
    – Tim Stone
    Mar 11, 2014 at 18:30
  • And we still choose to ignore Murphy!
    – devnull
    Mar 11, 2014 at 18:35
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I think linking to the StackStatus Twitter account is a good idea, but I don't know if I'm in love with the idea of embedding the Twitter stream on the maintenance page. Our devs and SREs (rightfully) don't update Twitter the instant stuff goes down; seeing an out-of-date tweet is worse than seeing no additional information, in my opinion.

I'm afraid that if the stream was embedded on the page, there might be some rather...off-putting results.

What if you visited to find us offline and a tweet in your face that said "And we're done, that's it for tonight"...not realizing you had hit the site 2 minutes after it went down and that tweet was from 10 days ago?

If you're clicking a link and making an active decision to look at the most recent tweets, there's a better chance you'll notice the time stamp from the last tweet than if you see the tweet embedded on the page.

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    Moreover, adding the twitter link would imply forcing it to go down whenever SO is down. Bad idea.
    – devnull
    Mar 11, 2014 at 18:36
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    We could make it show only recent tweets, and if there are none recent leave it off. Mar 11, 2014 at 20:58
  • @DavidFullerton I'd be okay with that, I think.
    – Laura
    Mar 12, 2014 at 14:11

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