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.
Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"