"Normally, when I have a tech issue to deal with, I reflexively head straight to Google. Today, though, I ran into a problem that was custom-made for Feedster -- without frequently-indexed weblogs and RSS feeds, I would have been spinning my wheels unnecessarily. I use Dreamhost, a relatively inexpensive and usually reliable service provider to host a personal domain. Today I was unable to reach my personal web site or get my personal e-mail on that domain due to an outage. Since the provider's home page was unreachable and I couldn't get any announcements via e-mail, I had no idea what was happening or whether other customers were having the same problem. Thanks to Feedster, though, I was able to run a search that quickly revealed that others were having the same problem. The problem was still frustrating, but at least I knew it wasn't just me, and somehow reading the griping from other bloggers made the experience a little easier to deal with -- it was the blogosphere equivalent of an electrical blackout when all the neighbors emerge from their homes to speculate about when the power might come back on...."