It’s been a couple of extremely hectic and busy days since we launched on Monday morning. Our press release got some great exposure, and some really great bloggers wrote some outstanding reviews about our site. I was interviewed by Loren Baker of Search Engine Journal (thanks, Loren!), and we made the home page of KillerStartups (don’t be too shy to vote for us!). By the end of the day on Monday we were in top popular spots on both Alexa and Delicious. But the traffic really picked up yesterday when Josh at Cnet did a write up on us – and then we hit the home page of Digg!
We scrambled to handle the server load – even though we knew from past launches, especially with CheckUserNames (the original site before we called it KnowEm), that server traffic will spike with a popular story. What we didn’t expect was the traffic that achieving the #1 spot on Digg would send to the server – the database was handling hundreds of concurrent connections every second! We had some intermittent outages for about 5 to 10 minutes, but I was able to quickly adjust the server configuration to handle the massive traffic.
Of course, I couldn’t talk about our success without talking about the number of Twitterers who really helped us out by retweeting the stories. It was a pleasure and an honor to see the likes of @chrisbrogan, @the_gman, @mashable, @briansolis, @BrentCsutoras and everyone else for retweeting us and talking about our service.
I would especially like to thank all the customers of our automated signup service that have sent orders in, and are continuing to do so at a great pace! We’ve got more than enough resources to handle everyone’s order, and many have already been completed. While we predicted there might be a 1 to 5 business day turnaround on orders, we have been able to keep that within the 1 to 3 day range so far.
I’d like to extend one more thank you to the hundreds of users who are creating user profiles on KnowEm. We’ve got some pretty big plans for our user community, so register and secure your username now while we’re just starting out before someone else gets it.
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