There has been speculation of Twitter buy out talks with Google and Facebook. Figures as high as $10 Billion (£6.23 bn) have been said to come up.
Considering that in December the microblogging site was valued at just $3.7 Billion after reporting some $200 million in profits, are they offering too much?
However they have just set two phenomenal records for the most Tweets per second. In Japan an astounding 6,939 tweets was recorded just after midnight and the most Tweets during a sporting event was set during the last minutes of the Super Bowl this year at 4,064.
Assuming the site still has a few more years left until it becomes as redundant and slow as MySpace there is still time for it to expand. However if I were in charge I’d take the $10 bn! Social Network fads don’t last too long!
This is paying tribute to Jules Verne, author of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. His birthday was today, if he were still alive he would be 183 years old today!
How much time did you spend playing around with the logo pretending to be Capitan Nemo instead of working?
Use a “keyword” metatag to list keywords for each page of your website. Use distinct lists of keywords that relate to each specific page on the site. Do not use one broad set of keywords for the entire site.
If you listen to the Radio in England you have probably heard about the Street-level crime map site.
The site allows users to see what crimes have been reported in their local area. Check it out here.
I decided to try it out myself…
The interface seems to have some bugs and there appears to be very limited functionality, but for a site made for the minimal sum of £300, 000 you can’t really have very high expectations .
I then discovered that since it went live this morning millions of users have accessed it and the site has since gone down. The Home Office reported on their Twitter that they were receiving approximately 75, 000 hits per minute.
So what is the moral of this post?
Sometimes you can have too much publicity. If you intend to create a service that thousands (or in this case millions) of users will want to access you need to take into account volumetrics, bandwidth and other limitations.
Whenever a new site is launched and will definitely have an immediate large following there are going to be those who are legitimate users and those who are just browsing or curious about the site becuase it was a trending topic on twitter, google or any other social media or search site (if you ever see your site as a trending topic I suggest you upgrade your hosting plan!).
Even if you over estimate these figures it’s best to have a site live and the ability to catch potential visitors and customers than to greet them with a server error.