Friday May 01, 2009

Phenomenal growth of twitter ...

I have been a user of twitter for around a year now, and I love it. I am not yet a big follower of people, but I hope to gradually follow more people soon. I came across this interesting chart from comscore.com, posted by Sarah on the phenomenal, exponential growth of twitter traffic in the US and around the world. You need to see it, to believe it .


Image linked from from: http://www.comscore.com

These kinds of growth, are very interesting to me, both from my day job as an Enterprise Architect, as well as an observer of the technological trends. The next question, was how is twitter bulit, what kind of technology does it use. highscalability.com gives some idea about the technology stack -- MySQL (MySQL handled 2,400 requests per second, Only one master and one slave), Rails, Memcached .., all running on Sun servers ;-)

There is also an article at artima.com with Bill Venners, where its mentioned that they have switched on to using Scala for some of the back-end stuff and why they did it . Scala ?? I did not know, anything about Scala until now. But as per http://www.scala-lang.org, "Scala is a general purpose programming language designed to express common programming patterns in a concise, elegant, and type-safe way" . Yet another language, but I guess, the motto is to use what makes sense and works !!

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