The SlashDot Effect

I had only read about the SlashDot Effect, popularly known as Slashdotted. I had never experienced it first hand. While I was away in Los Angeles, this story about the Linksys gateway, which did the rounds in the blogsphere via Engadget, Gizmodo, Boing Boing , Broadband Reports and a couple of other sites, was picked up by SlashDot. (Broke the Blogdex top 50 for the first time as well.) I had no idea that my innocuous little post could stir up such reaction. Oh well … power of the Internet first hand.

Next thing I know (rather I did not know) the traffic to the website went crazy, and quickly site was “off the air.” Apparently, the number of hits to the page created log files which tipped me over the available disk space on the server, and the index page became unavailable. Well managed to fix this problem, but it is becoming increasingly evident that it is time to go for a higher end web hosting company. Which is a problem because that is going to cost money, and well given that GigaOM is more of a hobby, I am wondering out aloud about what to do next. Suggestions and ideas are always welcome.

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