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20.000 PicturePush signups!

07 02 2009, Michiel van Vlaardingen on PicturePush

Today photo sharing site PicturePush reached the 20,000th signup. The site doubled it's member base in just over 8 months. Member number 20,000 received a free two-year upgrade to pro-membership to celebrate.

With this occasion I have taken the opportunity to write something about our current state of affairs and plans for the future:

The site started in 2006 and has now grown to hosting  over 1.3 million pictures taking up over 2 Terabytes of storage space.  All of this using 2 storage/web servers and a database servers which together process the 54 million requests each month. Most of these requests come from Poland, The Netherlands and the USA.

Currently the main focus is on increasing reliability and availability. The recent outages have emphasized the importance of this effort. An important step is the addition of very reliable backup for pro accounts which will become effective in the next few days.

In 2009 PicturePush will further focus on it's pro-members by introducing more options for  publishing and copyright protection.  All members will profit from an ever increasing effort in improving usability and the integration with mobile and social platforms.

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