Twitter Faces Social Graph Scaling Problems


There has been a bunch of drama in the blogosphere surrounding a recent blog post by Alex Payne, a developer at Twitter. It was Alex’s response to a bunch of feedback that they’ve received since the increase in service outages on the site. The center of the discussion revolved around the following statement which VentureBeat translated as Robert Scoble being the source of the problem:

The events that hit our system the hardest are generally when “popular” users – that is, users with large numbers of followers and people they’re following – perform a number of actions in rapid succession.

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