Embarrassing, how the media got played to do advertisement for them. Goodbye, journalism.
Marketing pays better than journalism. Nothing new here.
[OpenStreetMap does] not have the infrastructure to handle a twitter like traffic load.
OSM is a database, not a hosted service where you can't access the data. There is no reason to throw a lot of traffic at their servers. Download the data and host it yourself.
The trouble with money is it costs too much!