TagCloud is Getting an Overhaul
Since our launch in June of 2005, TagCloud has registered over fourteen thousand users, kept track of around 120,000 website feeds, and peaked at over 6 million pageviews a month. Our dirty little secret: that's all been done on one single server.
Many people have written us frustrated that we haven't been able to keep up with the demand, and they've been correct. We're happy to announce that we are now sponsored by iWeb Technologies, a hosting company in Montreal. We're delighted that this will give us some much needed head room to scale our service. Unfortunately, it also means we need to break some things behind the scenes.
See, we never thought our little prototype experiment would turn into something as big as what TagCloud has become. We've enjoyed hearing so much positive feedback from our users, and we've loved the attention from the big boys like TechCrunch, Lifehacker, Wired, and Search Engine Watch. We've appeared on several web2.0 "best of" lists. We even got a chapter devoted to us in Yahoo! Hacks. A few months back we spoke at Under the Radar, and even won a prize at the first ever Mashup Camp. Yes, we've even had some folks copy our idea for their own service. Did we mention TagCloud is also *just* a weekend project, and we don't make any cash from it? But enough horn-tooting. It's time to roll up our sleeves and make our site meet its demand. In the meantime, please enjoy this top list of the most popular feeds added to TagCloud since launch.
John Herren, founder