On Friday our writer Dave Geffin featured Jean Claude Van Damme's newest commercial for Volvo, hailing it as the most successful commercial of 2013. The post was an instant success but then Jean Claude himself saw the post and decided to share it to millions of his followers. For 3 days Fstoppers received thousands of clicks per second. So many clicks that the site would crash instantly every time we reset the server.
Don't get me wrong. I love website traffic but this was ridiculous. After commenting on our Facebook post about his video he proceeded to share it on is Facebook page with 5 million fans.
Our post was then shared on facebook by his fans, and friends of his fans 180,000 times.
Basically our site could still be on taken down at any moment and there is nothing we can do but wait. Once this all blows over we will be switching from a dedicated server to
Amazon S3 an elastic cloud server so this will never happen again. Once that happens we will gladly accept everything Jean Claude can throw at us.
And Jean Claude, if you are reading this. Do not share this post or I will start working out really hard and in a few years, when you least expect it, I will find you.