The 20th November saw that launch of the Europeana portal and its almost immediate technical crash. I was struck by the excitement with which this was hailed as an overwhelming success, evidently demonstrating the high user demand for such a service.
You can read the official notice here.
Upon closer examination, it seems that they had more that 3,000 simultaneous users, which was what brought the system down.
3,000 … not 10,000 not 100,000 but 3,000.
This does not seem to be a very high number (the 24HM site regularly gets more than 7,000 in any one day of which there must 3,000 at any one time on a regular basis?).
I am shocked that a system of this scale, with substantial investment, had such low targets for its audiences – I also wonder what will have happened to those that tried to visit the site in the first flurry of PR coverage, will they return?