Kickstarter Says At the moment’s 2-Hour Lengthy Outage Wasn’t Pebble’s Fault
Kickstarter says that the roughly two-hour-lengthy outage that occurred right now was unrelated to the huge visitors despatched to its service by these backing the Pebble smartwatch’s newest, and now document-breaking, marketing campaign. In line with an organization spokesperson, it was solely a coincidence that the Kickstarter web site went down right now, although yesterday was one of many firm’s “largest visitors days ever,” they famous.
The corporate first publicly acknowledged the location points round midday Japanese at present by way of a tweet, after quite a lot of customers took to Twitter to complain concerning the widespread crowdfunding website being unresponsive, and displaying a “503 Service Unavailable” web page upon visiting the Kickstarter.com area.
— Joey Banks (@joeyabanks) February 25, 2015
The preferred principle we noticed, which some information retailers, together with CNBC, even hinted at, was that the service buckled beneath the load of visitors that Pebble backers despatched the location over the previous day.
Did … did Kickstarter get slashdotted?
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 25, 2015
In case you missed it – the smartwatch maker Pebble returned to Kickstarter on Tuesday to run a crowdfunding marketing campaign for its new hardware, the Pebble Time, a thinner and lighter model of its flagship smartwatch which encompasses a shade e-ink display, higher energy consumption, voice management, and a much bigger give attention to notifications over apps.
To say that the brand new watch was met with an enthusiastic response can be an understatement.
The Pebble hit its $500,000 funding aim inside simply 17 minutes. 9 hours after the launch of the marketing campaign, it had raised $6.5 million, incomes it a spot within the prime 5 most funded tasks. And it’s value stating that these campaigns that pulled in additional funding did so over a month or longer – not in underneath a day, as Pebble did.
As we speak, as of the time of writing, Pebble has climbed to $9.three million in crowdfunding, and the numbers are nonetheless inching upwards.
The corporate is presently declining to element the character of the outage, saying that engineers are nonetheless “heads down,” solely noting that it was unrelated to the Pebble marketing campaign. Efficiency on Tuesday, amid the flood of visitors, had remained regular, we’re advised.
Kickstarter typically does publish mortems on its engineering weblog when issues like this happen, nevertheless it’s not but clear if it is going to achieve this in the present day. If and when extra particulars are offered, we’ll replace right here.