I hadn’t thought about this until today after noticing several posts in my feed reader, you used to hear about the “Slashdot effect” when Slashdot (and I quote them “News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters.”) linked to a smaller website and that smaller website received hundreds upon thousands of visitors and then caused the webserver to have issues, those issues may range fom the site running slowly due to the amount of traffic it’s receiving, running out of bandwidth, or even going over quota. Essentially it’s an overload.
The term the “Slashdot effect” was coined specifically for the example I give above when Slashdot made that link, although there are very few exact numbers it is believed ending up on the front page of Slashdot may results in somewhere between several hundered and several thousand hits every minute. As the story disappears off the frontpage the traffic starts to subside (this can taken anywhere up to 18 hours!!).
It’s recently been believed that the Slashdot effect isn’t what it used to be.
There are other sites that can have the same effect such Digg or Fark.com, but the one I’m interested in is StumbleUpon.
I introduced StumbleUpon to my other half and her family many months back and they were practically addicted, in fact I believe my wife was Stumbling (on StumbleUpon, not through alcohol) on our wedding day!!
But Stumble has it’s downsides as Tricia has found out, so far as to say she’s actually had to ask people not to stumble her posts, because of the effect it’s had in the past! She’s also concerned that Google might ban an Adsense account for inflated impressions when a site is “Stumbled” (let us know if you’ve experienced this!). In Tricia’s case she suspects an advertiser on her site did it to get more exposure – which I personally think is poor form from the advertiser and as she rightly points out if it takes her site down nobody will see the advert!
So may be it’s not just about the “Stumble effect”, it’s more about how popular the person is who actually stumbles you – people are clearly keen to find out what Andy does and doesn’t like on the web!