The BBC News Effect

Still fighting here the demons of the BBC. Server is up, but we still got some work to do to handle the workload. As far as I can remember this the first time Newsmap has been on a TV Network and the Network effect of the TV show is definitively more than interesting to see. Web traffic is normally very standard, you can clearly see when a particular website starts sending traffic in when taking a look at the referrer url. However, when it comes to TV it's pretty bizarre. Hordes of users suddenly show up out of nowhere, no referrers whatsoever. After taking a close look into the stats, you can clearly see traffic spikes every time BBC's "Click" shows up on TV. Interesting indeed.
Talking about stats, Newsmap normally gets hit by about 10,000 visitors a day, summing around 300,000 visitors in a month. Not a bad number, but adding to that the BBC News effect, we just saw an increase past the 16.000 users yesterday, which means an increase of about 60% in traffic. Not bad at all.
Well, to all those of you coming in from the TV network, welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay, and don't forget; if you have any suggestions, ideas, bug reports; or just want to drop by and say hi, do not hesitate to leave your comment here or ping us at

BBC News on Newsmap, server meltdown.

Just woke up this morning to realize that Newsmap was down. Upon investigating it looks as if the DB has crashed because of a sudden traffic surge. Not sure yet where that is coming from as referrers are not very clear, but it appears that the BBC mentioned Newsmap last night within a section of their "Webscape" show.

I'm working on getting everything back up, in the meantime, please make sure to fullfill your daily news intake needs over at