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Nothing like a good public craze to stress-test a system
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jducoeur
I *was* going to watch Ars Technica's liveblog of the iSlate event -- but their liveblog system seems to have gone splat. Wanna bet that this is the heaviest usage that coveritlive (their liveblog provider) has ever seen?

Really, what the tech world needs is an artifical publicity storm every few weeks, just so that companies can see whether their systems can handle it. An interesting social-engineering project...

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In this particular case, I'm fairly sure that it's the liveblog provider -- the liveblog app itself stopped loading around when the event started...

Yup. All the liveblogs were swamped. The rumormill was in higher gear for this event than any in the past few years, and all the blog outlets have been working into more advanced liveblog options. The combination pushed them all to the break point. Even two years ago liveblogs of events were done via IRC, a remarkably solid option for this sort of infodump. Engadget seemed to be the best of the bunch, doing a fairly mundane blog engine.

Ars is actually using a third party for the liveblogging, so I wonder if they could have upped/purchased a higher limit. It is possible the technology would have held up, and the only limit was an artificial one.

Engadget is nearly down, too. Macworld is doing fine, though.

At least three different sites were trying to use coveritlive for their live-blogging. None of them worked when I tried to access them.

Ouch. Not exactly a good advertisement for their service. Sounds like they didn't do a good job of load-testing...

To counter, I've had no problem with coveritlive systems at all in the past year or two. This was the first event that sunk it.

There's another business idea for you: Rent-a-Mob. Company registers an enormous number of folks who are reasonably tech savvy, users of the various social nettools, and turns them loose on request on the site to be tested.

How to recruit? Well you couldn't (or wouldn't want to) actually pay everyone 3 cents apiece when they signed up, and another 2 cents whenever they participated in a net storm. So let the recruited stormers nominate their favorite charities, and the company makes a good-sized donation to the favorites each time another N stormers sign up. Each time there is a net storm activated, the fans of Charity X encourage all their fellow fans to participate, to get another donation to that charity. So individual stormers will work to recruit more, and will push them to participate in the storms, to raise more for their charity. Eventually, I think, so will the hipper charities themselves.

Any questions?

... y'know, I think that would work. Heck, there's probably even a viable business plan in it, for a company that was small and lean enough...

Problem is, I wouldn't know how to do it myself. Now I have to find someone who does.

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