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