All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now. Watch now.
Apparently, POTUS is popular. 60 extra servers popular.
President Obama’s Ask Me Anything two days ago was a massive success, as Reddit highlighted earlier today in a blog post. Not only did the page get 2.99 million views on the day of the event, it has received another 2.3 million page views already as of this morning.
Perhaps the most surprising stat was the number of servers Reddit added to handle the onslaught of traffic. In preparation, Reddit added 30 dedicated servers “just for the comment thread.” When that turned out to not be enough, developers added another 30 dedicated servers.
Besides telling you how popular and/or controversial President Obama is, that also tells you that Reddit can scale servers very, very quickly.
More interesting stats from Reddit:
- Peak transfer: 48 MBs per second
- Peak traffic: over 100,000 page views per minute
- Peak concurrent visitors: 198,000
- Peak share of Reddit traffic to the AMA page: 30 percent (average for a very hot topic is 2-5 percent)
In fact, Obama’s AMA is the “only link in recorded history to have surpassed the front page.”
Reddit’s popularity seems to be growing with no end in sight, with between two and eight million unique visitors every month and six to eight million pageviews a day. Obama answering questions on the site will certainly increase that trend and expose the site to a wider, more mainstream audience.
Obama’s most interesting comment? The recipe for White House Beer will be available shortly.
And from the president’s own tongue: it’s tasty.
VentureBeatVentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
- up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
- our newsletters
- gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
- networking features, and more