Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

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Blogosphere breaking?

I’m noticing a growing number of blog-related services seem to be having problems. Geourl is down for renovations; Feedroll isn’t accepting new feed setups; Localfeeds says it “will return soon;” URL’LOG has been killed off by spammers. Technorati seems awfully slow, but maybe that’s just me.

I don’t know how many of these are hobbies that have become too popular, and have overwhelmed the Linux box under the desk. But the fact that these all are having trouble seems to be to be an early indicator of something significant.

8 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I can say that in the case of Feedroll it is a case of heavy usage and no way to pay for more capacity. Right now I pay for a dedicated server for Feedroll.com/Rollup.org out of my own pocket.

    Feedrollpro.com is hosted separately and pays for itself, so will be able to scale as demand grows. But temporarily closing new feed setup on Feedroll.com/rollup.org is the only way to maintain the free services (and keep them stable).

    Charles

  2. Thanks for the update!

    It strikes me that the experiment with free services has either got to come to an end at some point– maybe in the near future– or be supported by paid/enhanced versions of those services. Maintaining my own blog is trouble enough; I can only imagine how much work is involved in keeping a service up and running.

  3. The services should publish their source code, so that other people can run them in their absence.

    People would also be able to write distributed version of the servers; the original server code might make a good reference.

  4. The localfeeds rehab is nearing and end, thanks for noticing it’s absence 😉

  5. As proof:

    localfeeds=# select * from sites where href like ‘%pang%’;
    986 | http://www.askpang.com/ | Relevant History | (37.4762344,-122.1875687)

  6. Glad to hear localfeeds is coming back.

    The amount of value that individuals generate through these services is really staggering. We should all be extremely grateful that these kinds of experiments exist, and are made available to the rest of us!

  7. The localfeeds rehab is nearing and end, thanks for noticing it’s absence 😉

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  8. No, Really, I mean it this time.

    Check it: http://localfeeds.com/
    —–
    PING:
    TITLE: Something significant
    URL: http://www.jacobsen.no/anders/blog/sideblog/archives/2004_08.html#001258
    IP: 209.68.1.45
    BLOG NAME: Anders Jacobsen’s sideblog
    DATE: 08/02/2004 01:44:20 AM
    Alex Soojung-Kim Pang: “I’m noticing a growing number of blog-related services seem to be having problems. […] the fact that these all are having trouble seems to be to be an early indicator of something significant.”…

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