Incoming fire

by Volker Weber

First Markus diggs his first story from, then it makes it to the front page:

On digg front page

Then the site is hit by as many as 1632 concurrent visitors:


With 888 diggs makes it into the #8 spot in the Top 10:

888 diggs

It does not stop there:

1111 diggs

Meanwhile traffic goes through the roof:


... while Carl, this month's sponsor, laughs all the way to the bank.

Update: A day later it stands at 1860+ diggs with 226 comments. Traffic is back to normal and the storm is over:



Just call me a visionary :-)

Carl Tyler, 2007-02-12

The digg comments are hysterically funny.

Ed Brill, 2007-02-12

And you were wondering why the story on heise got more than 500 comments.

Volker Weber, 2007-02-12

Classic. Good story...

---* Bill

Bill Buchan, 2007-02-12

Your story is now #3. Way to go vowe.

Bruce Elgort, 2007-02-12

Many of the people on digg sound like total morons. They ignore the specifics and think it is a floating point error, or ramble on about Macs vs PCs, or don't understand the basics of why adding 19% to something would be the same as multiplying times 1.19. It is a scary world out there.

Ben Langhinrichs, 2007-02-12

So it's not the link on which boosts your traffic, as suggested earlier but it's the listing in digg. Not too surprising. I wonder what the difference would be if you were /.'ed.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2007-02-12

There’s a difference between /. and digg? I thought they were pretty much the same.

“The Wisdom of Crowds” indeed…

Ben Poole, 2007-02-12

Ben, yes, in principle they are the same. I was more wondering about the difference of impact. I have heard the term "to be /.'ed" (or slashdotted) from website owners whose site has been linked to from slashdot stories and whose service was hit hard by masses of slashdot readers visiting their site. I came across the term "to be digged" in a way different context first (even though it's now being used in analogy to "being slashdotted"). Which other way? Well, e.g. in the movie "Shakespeare in love" where the Queen comments "She's been digged since I saw her last" (or along this line) when she meets Viola the second time (Viola is the woman to be married to some aristocrat but who is in love with Shakespeare and who has spent some night with Shakespeare since she has met the Queen last). I think it's obvious, what this is supposed to mean ;-)

Ragnar Schierholz, 2007-02-12

That's intense.. Nice to see your server didn't go up in flames like so many people's sites that get hit with either digg or slashdot.

Bryan McDade, 2007-02-12

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