Tonight’s Maintenance: Nuts & Bolts

Many of you have noticed that the site has been creaking a little bit lately. Our database servers have been under a bit of stress and that’s caused pages to take a while to load or even timeout. Tonight we’re going to be pushing a number of performance improvements both with regard to database queries as well as the front end. The end goal is to make the site faster, more responsive and reliable.

Please know that this is an ongoing effort and that tonight’s updates are just a first step in many that we have planned to really get everything as optimized as possible on the site. Naturally, there are other things we have to work into our development schedule besides performance, but from here on out, we’ll be trying to sneak some sort of performance improvement in along with whatever else we happen to be working on.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. Know that even if we aren’t always the most responsive, we’re always listening and working to make Blip.fm a great place to enjoy music with friends!

Thanks and happy blipping,

– Yan and the Blip.fm Crew

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11 Comments

SoulWarfare  on May 20th, 2010

Thanks for all the work you do in up-keeping Blip.fm
I was wondering if Facebook integration has been fixed now too? (I’ll try it tomorrow).
It’s not been working for a while now.

Yan  on May 20th, 2010

facebook integration is going to be ported from facebook connect to the new open graph api soon. In many cases blips aren’t posting b/c a user has hit the rate limit facebook imposes on us. This limit changes daily based on use and is per user. Hopefully the transition will allow us to get around this limitation, but if not we will build in notifications to the user that they’ve reached the limit facebook will let be posted for the day

harr  on May 21st, 2010

Is it known from when to when (European Time) it will be off line?

pamela0001  on May 21st, 2010

I was about to ask the same as Harr above.
I have planned my marathon this weekend, in fact, it should start now.
When (UK time) is blip on air again?

thanks for the work you do with the improvements, I look forward to blip again.

Yan  on May 21st, 2010

hey guys the notification message is always adjusted to your timezone (if you’ve set it in your account settings)

DandeDream  on May 21st, 2010

Hi blip team.

Just wondering about what you said about facebook. If blippers aren’t on there is it likely that they will still get the problem of blips not loading? I’m waiting for my FB page to finally be deleted and wondered if it was linked somehow to blip crashing for me. Either way I’ll still be here but I have a habit of getting interested in stuff that I haven’t the first clue about, hence the question.

DD

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