Man all sorts of stuff seems to be acting up lately. First Twitter, then Brightkite, and now even Amazon all seem to be acting unstable. Has there been a boom in Internet usage that no one excepted or are their different reasons for each thing.
I know Twitter wasn’t really built to take on the huge and rapid growth they’ve had. That being said I’m still a loyal customer and I’ll wait it out. Oh, and Twitter, if you want to put some ads on their or offer a premium paid service, I would totally be cool with that.
What’s the cost effective solution for a new web service company to handle rapid growth? How can start-up avoid the dreaded Friendster failure?
What did Digg do to make sure they didn’t get crushed under the growth of their user base?
I’m interested to hear what has cause today’s Amazon outage. They have a ridiculous redundant system in place designed to handle all sorts of failures. One thing is for sure I would hate to be in Jeff Bezos’ office at the moment. I’m sure it’s not pretty at all.
I managed to convince some of my co-workers to start using Live Mesh as a lightweight collaboration tool. The experience has been interesting so far. We’re all working with one shared folder at the moment. Since the features are pretty limited in the preview that’s about the best we can do.
One of the first things that really surprised me was how limited it is at understanding what’s going on with a document that is being “shared.” For example we’re all working on one Excel document. A real simple list of information. If two or more of us have it open, then who ever saves it last overwrites the version. The history in the News section can be a little delayed at times while things sync so it’s not always obvious that someone else is editing the document.
I was happy to see that the service did notice an issue and gave me a chance to save my version with a different name. But it seemed to take a couple of minutes before I saw the notification in the right hand Mesh bar. I’ll see if I can re-create it so I can get some screen caps.
I can’t wait until there is better application integration. It would have been super nice to let me know that some else had it open still. And better yet notified me in the app that it had changed. Most of the office apps have a merge features built in.
I’d also like to see a way to share areas of a document. For example, in Excel, it would be cool to define a Mesh enabled range of fields and allow for real time sharing of those fields. So that when someone else updates them, I could except the change and see it in my working document. Same could be true in Word. Then it would be like SubEthaEdit only with all the features of Word.
I’d like to talk about the News feature of Mesh next, but I think I’m going to keep that as an entry of it’s own. I have a lot to say about it.
I had a chance to see Ori Amiga give a presentation around the Live Mesh platform at the Web 2.0 Expo. At first I was little hesitant about this technology. After all the public preview is super early and lacking in a whole lot of usefulness and features. Getting a chance to really see where it’s going however got me all excited.