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A week with MySpace
A week with MySpace
August 12, 2006


After Chris Sellsblog entry on joining MySpace and not knowing what to do next, I thought I’d check out what MySpace was about. I know most of my neighborhood are on it, but most are looking for dates. (No, I am not.)

After a week of using it, I am really amazed by how poorly it works. Not the networking or interconnectivity, but the performance of the site. I have to wonder if it has something to do with it’s use of Cold Fusion, though I don’t know enough about it to blame it.

Years ago when I worked with Delphi Forums (now Prospero), we were running as the #4th or 5th most popular site so I know a bit about helping to run a high-volume site. To be honest it was never the web technology but the database technology that held us up, so its probably not Cold Fusion’s fault.

Also, I find that I get their error page really really often. When I refresh the same request usually works. I wonder if they are working on the perf issues or are sitting back waiting on the ad revenue to roll in until someone tries to buy them.


A clever reader mentioned that Scott Guthrie mentions that MySpace uses ASP.NET 2.0. Here’s a link to his blog entry about it: