Do they still call it ‘slashdotted’?

There’s a tech-heavy popular nerd website called Slashdot which bills itself as “News for nerds, stuff that matters.” Back in the ancient days of the web — you know, about five years ago — if a website was mentioned on Slashdot, there was a good chance the website would go down because of all the traffic inundating that site coming from Slashdot. Less robust sites are unable to deal with the flood of traffic coming from the hugely popular Slashdot, so the site goes down and is “slashdotted.”

That happened to Cyclelicious momentarily yesterday afternoon when I released the story that Lance Armstrong’s Trek time trial bike was found in Sacramento. About 1,000 people simultaneously sent a link to the story on Twitter, Stumbleupon, Digg, Reddit and elsewhere, sending a flood of traffic to Cyclelicious and bringing my site to a screeching halt. The horrible paradox is that I had record traffic to Cyclelicious yesterday, but nobody could get to the content for about five to 10 minutes.

Ah well, I’ll take the bad with the good. I really appreciate the link love that everybody sent my way! Thank you, all.

14 Comments

  • Michael
    February 19, 2009 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    Damn lolcats…

    I IZ ON UR SITE,
    CRASHING YUR SRVER,
    STLNG UR BYCKL.

  • Michael
    February 19, 2009 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Damn lolcats…I IZ ON UR SITE,CRASHING YUR SRVER,STLNG UR BYCKL.

  • Pete LaVerghetta
    February 19, 2009 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    You've been /.

    It's like *$

    I was gonna grab the photo and put it on Flickr with a link back to you. I figured it might be easier from my living room than a mobile device, but it all worked out.

  • Pete LaVerghetta
    February 19, 2009 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    You've been /.It's like *$I was gonna grab the photo and put it on Flickr with a link back to you. I figured it might be easier from my living room than a mobile device, but it all worked out.

  • joelprice.com
    February 19, 2009 - 9:39 am | Permalink

    I hate to say this, but you got hit be the so-called Lance effect.

  • joelprice.com
    February 19, 2009 - 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I hate to say this, but you got hit be the so-called Lance effect.

  • James T.
    February 19, 2009 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    Record traffic, huh? That is great to hear.

  • James T.
    February 19, 2009 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Record traffic, huh? That is great to hear.

  • Illinoisfrank
    February 19, 2009 - 10:29 am | Permalink

    @Michael:
    Cool! A near Baiku in LOLspeak.

  • Illinoisfrank
    February 19, 2009 - 5:29 pm | Permalink

    @Michael:Cool! A near Baiku in LOLspeak.

  • Yokota Fritz
    February 19, 2009 - 11:27 am | Permalink

    Oh yeah (about the near-baiku).

    Joel: The Lance Effect is why I posted it :-) Ditto for celebrities on bikes.

  • Yokota Fritz
    February 19, 2009 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah (about the near-baiku).Joel: The Lance Effect is why I posted it :-) Ditto for celebrities on bikes.

  • Michael
    February 19, 2009 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

    @IllinoisFrank:

    My first inadvertent almost baiku.

    To change it:

    I IZ ON UR SITE,
    CRASHING YUR BLOGNG SRVER,
    STLNG UR TREK BIKE.

  • Michael
    February 19, 2009 - 7:53 pm | Permalink

    @IllinoisFrank:My first inadvertent almost baiku.To change it:I IZ ON UR SITE,CRASHING YUR BLOGNG SRVER,STLNG UR TREK BIKE.

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