Wednesday, January 21, 2009

new u.s. president sworn in, reddit keeps chugging along

LATimes blogger, Mark Milian, emailed in the run up to President Obama's (haven't gotten tired of saying that yet) inauguration. He was curious to know what kind of traffic surge we expected and if there was anything we were doing to prepare. While we take great pride in our 'reddit is down' messages, we didn't expect to need them -- thankfully, I didn't eat my words:

And Reddit is equally unworried.

"Actually, we're expecting a bigger traffic spike on Wednesday as people come back to their computers loaded with stories to share from the day before," Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said in an e-mail. "Granted, there will be plenty of people watching the inauguration with a computer on their lap, but it won't be a surge significant enough to affect us."

But Reddit has thrown together a new "site is down" image (pictured at left) in case any problems arise.
Yes, I did leak it. And I'm not ashamed of it. But I'm even happier we didn't need to use it.