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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

My Advice to Google About Blogger

10:12:00 AM Posted by Oscar Berg , No comments
Speaking about availability as the Akilles heel of Web 2.0 apps, Blogger just recently crashed as I was administrating my blogs. Then it was down for about 30 minutes. All blogs were unavailable aswell. This is the information I and my readers got:

Server Error
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.
Please try again in 30 seconds

So I did. But after some tries I gave up and did something else. As writing this post in Notepad.

These are my advice to Google and the Blogger development team:

#1 Separate the blogs from the Blogger administration application. They should not run on the same platform. If needed, blogs are so simple that they could just aswell be generated as static HTML pages. I can live with the administrative application being down for some time, but the public blogs should be running with no less than 99,99% availability.

#2 Communicate via a static HTML page what is happening. Do not simply provide a 502 Server Error page that says nothing of value.

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