KnowEm Announces Domain Name Availability Checking

August 17, 2010 · Filed Under Announcements, KnowEm News · 2 Comments 

Today we are happy to announce that after a great many requests we have integrated a domain name search with our social media network username search.  This was a feature that we had talked about since launch and we are happy to finally be able to release it.

We also made a little interface change to our initial search page.  Rather then search our entire database of almost 500 social networks right from the start, we have limited the initial search to the top 20 social networks as well as the top 8 domain extensions. You will notice the tabs at the top which will take you into deeper searches of both, over 400 social media sites and over 40 different domain types.

Things have been very busy with everyone at team KnowEm.  So far our second year in business has been a very interesting one – from sending out a cease and desist to a company that copied our site right down the meta tags to hiring our 30th employee. We continue to grow and build the best set of tools for companies, individuals and brands to make sure they are secure on the social web.

We have another big announcement coming soon, so be sure to check back, become a fan on Facebook, or follow us on twitter so you will know when our next big announcement hits!

To your success,

Michael Streko & Barry Wise

KnowEm LLC

The Launch: The First 48 Hours

April 22, 2009 · Filed Under KnowEm News · 1 Comment 

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!

KnowEm on the front 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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