Gmail went down. Facebook went down. Fiscal Cliff talks continue. And the 12-12-12 benefit concert drew some comments. All of this and more had a small business impact last week, as seen in the Twitter-sphere.

The best performers across every field have an unwavering desire for excellence for what they do, the way they think, and the way they work.

If you are balancing time vs money - hire help!

When I was in the Marine Corps infantry we learned assumption kills. Same holds true in business. Never assume.

Fact: #SMEs accounted for just under half (49.5%) of the €952 billion added to the British economy last year. #bizitalk

Need fiscal cliff notes.

Concert officials have announced plans for a new benefit for the victims of the @kanyewest‬‬‬ performance. #121212concert‬‬‬

Instagram is special because it flipped the UGC model on its head. 90% are producers, 10% are only consumers. It created creators.

This is not a comment on what it stands for, but I do not like the name "Right to Work". Working is a privilege, not a right.

You are what you retweet.

Ongoing issues accessing Gmail. Chrome has crashed 4 times in the past 15 minutes. Signs of the apocalypse?

Twitter polls: #1. Revenue or spending? #2. Angel or star atop Christmas tree?

#DeleteYourTwitterIf your tweets are protected. Just buy a diary

Liveblogging: Recording what is said at an event to share w those not present. Not liveblogging: Removing mentions of competitors.

If you haven’t started to reflect on 2012 and work on your 2013 plans, then you are already behind.

I predict you will read a prediction in the next 30 days.
#socialmedia is an excellent way to alienate yourself from your actual family and friends

Do you earn a living doing something that can't be replaced by tech or outsourced to $2/hr person overseas? #womenbusiness‬‬‬ #smallbiz‬‬‬

I think it's beautiful the way The Hobbit breaks down barriers and brings nerds and humans together as one.

We can tell Gmail is down because we just got a smoke signal from a Nigerian prince.

Gmail was down 11:51-11:59am (12/10/12). Never forget.

If Twitter is good for one thing, it's reassuring me that I'm not alone when my gmail goes down.

Facebook was down almost 20 minutes. For some, these were the most productive 20 minutes of the year.

Facebook is down, has Mark tried turning it off and on again?

Fiscal cliff, who cares? Politics as usual. Deal at last minute.#FiscalCliffHaiku

The baby crying inconsolably at this fiscal cliff press conference truly speaks for America
#Sales hasn't changed. People have just become lazier relying on tech. "Get out from behind screen and talk to people"

Never undervalue your product/service. A cheaper price does not mean success it just means more effort to make less margin! #bizitalk #sales

So glad they made Les Mis into a film. Something about the stage show doesn't quite work.

An MIT professor said Windows 8 is a gift you should get for someone you hate. So you've got competition, Edible Arrangements! #fallonmono

Anyone else scared that if gmail continues being down, they'll have to actually speak to their coworkers?

Gene Marks owns the Marks Group PC, a ten person sales and marketing technology consulting firm outside of Philadelphia that serves more than 600 small and medium companies around the country.