On Sunday, January 16th Yakezie.com received around 6,300 visitors thanks to Little House’s (Yakezie Scholarship Committee Member) efforts to reach out to other organizations online. That organization was Fastweb.com, a site that helps students find monetary support for education around the web.
Not expecting such a surge in traffic, immediately things started going haywire. My registration e-mail notifications started flooding in, and then personal e-mails started coming in asking why they didn’t get an e-mail confirmation to register to the allow them to apply. Frantically, I tried addressing all problems over comments, Twitter, and e-mail myself as Chris was not near a computer. When Chris returned, he did some testing and things seemed to work, but because of the sheer flood of visitors, things locked up.
Our e-mail system (Google) supposedly has a ~200 limit per day on sending e-mail notifications for new registrants. After about 1:30pm on Sunday, the 200 limit was quickly hit but the registrants kept coming in. As a result, any eager student who was looking to register and compete could not. Oh my, how bad I felt for them.
MY FEAR AND GUILT