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When a website becomes too popular
Read an article on “Top 10 Internet Startup Scalability Killers” which highlights the serious faults on why many websites start to choke when the traffic goes up.
That reminded me of a post summarizing a lecture on Facebook’s massive scalability , on what Facebook did right.
A common problem is that the startup did not anticipate their website’s popularity, they were taken completely by surprise. Their project ended in failure, when users start abandoning them due to “slowness”, “errors” etc.
It is understandable that sometimes the project might not have the resources (hardware, the developers etc) to have a perfectly scalable solution.