When It Comes to Social Networks, Infrastructure Wins

6 thoughts on “When It Comes to Social Networks, Infrastructure Wins”

  1. This is very true. I’m quite late in the social network wagon myself. Only started to have a good presence online when Twitter came out. Twitter was my first active social profile. I’ve built up my following and conversations every now and then. Eventually, I signed up for a Facebook too. Now, I find myself updating my Facebook more than I do my Twitter account. And by experience, Facebook has never failed me. Twitter, on the other hand, has whales for me every now and then…

  2. Somehow these numbers don’t seem right.

    The 500 million active user number is well documented/celebrated.

    But 100 billion hits per day?

    So the average active Facebook user produces 200 hits per day? That seems excessive.

    1. Hits are different than visits. Given any single page visit will load say 20-30 individual items chances are thats correct. Especially when you know some people hit F5 like there’s no tomorrow.

  3. The infrastructure setup is truly impressive. It is no mean task to handle web requests on this scale. All this hardware infrastructure, CPU, memory, network etc and its management does not come free although the facebook service itself is free to the 500 million users. I wonder which Wall Street firm is paying for it right now. I sure hope my 401k managed by a creative accountant is not funding this.

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