.Net gets Fry'd as Stephen Fry tweets about interview

In an ironic twist to the news last week that Stephen Fry can take down websites with a single tweet, .net magazine itself was brought down when Fry tweeted a link to the interview in which he discusses his "power".

In the interview, Fry talked of how a site tweeted by him would often become overwhelmed by a surge of two to three thousand requests a second. So it was no surprise that the site went down just moment after Fry posted a link to the interview on his Twitter with the message "Lordy. I'd forgotten I did this."

"Mr Fry's representatives usually send out what they refer to as a 'severe warning' before he tweets a link," said Dan Oliver, Editor of .net magazine, according to TechRadar.

"You get a mail with the following info: 'A given website should be able to handle 500+ calls per second in order to be able to stay live once Stephen's Tweeted. There are three waves of capacity within that hour with the 2nd wave of retweeting generally as strong as the first'.

"Delighted as we were that Stephen Fry retweeted our video link, we never received a warning, and the site got FRY'D! Thankfully, it was a fairly short outage, and the site was back online within 10-20 minutes."

"I think, considering much of the interview with Fry concentrates on his Twitter influence, the main word associated with our site outage was 'ironic'."

"And it was. We've dealt with big spikes before, but this was simply unprecedented, and yet another example of the huge influence Stephen Fry's Twitter status affords him online."

 

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I have been a fan of His Fryness ever since Alfresco (before most of you kids were born).
To all those who take joy in asserting their ignorance of him I say: your loss.

Take a look at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/virtualrevolution/

might give you an insight of who Stephen Fry is and help explain your web researching abilities, I’m an octopus apparently...

Its just occured to me, imagine if Fry Tweeted "I just lost The Game"
If a link on his Twitter page gets 1000 hits per second, thats a huge number of people who just lost The Game.

lexa000 said,
Its just occured to me, imagine if Fry Tweeted "I just lost The Game"
If a link on his Twitter page gets 1000 hits per second, thats a huge number of people who just lost The Game.

whut? o_O

For those outside the US who have never heard of him, he's the guy who played Dr. Gordon Wyatt the psychiatrist in "Bones" though he's more well known in England for being an academic and his acting roles with Hugh Laurie (Dr House) in things like "Black Adder" "a bit of Fry and Laurie" and "Jeeves and Wooster"

His interest in all thing tech is purely from and amateur point of view, his love of macs is in part due to the fact the guy who designed most of the iconic apple products is English (imac iphone ibook etc)

Well, this is amusing... With this kind of traffic being able to be generated from a tweet, these sites need to be able to handle an awful lot of traffic... It's kind of unfortunate...

How is this any different than what happens when Leo Laporte (TWiT) mentions a site and it gets taken down? This has been happening every show for years. So what if this is on twitter instead of a web broadcast? ... actually, they're both a form of broadcast.

QuarterSwede said,
Apparently not. It doesn't help that I have no clue who Fry is.

The Irony here is the the link he posted was to an interview he did regarding his ability to tweet and bring a site down, which promptly brought the site down.

link of interest for whom? if someone says is interesting might not be for you... you should have said "human curiosity is a b*tch!"

Pam14160 said,
It must be nice to be able to play god. . .sorry never heard of him.

Don't feel like the Lone Ranger, neither have I.

roadwarrior said,

In the UK. Most of the other 99% of the world have never heard of him.

he plays the psychiatrist in Bones ;)

3lixir said,

he plays the psychiatrist in Bones ;)

OK, so he has appeared occasionally in a show I've watched (he's not the regular FBI psychiatrist on there, he's another guy they called in a couple of times). I didn't see that when I looked at the Wikipedia article on him. He was on a grand total of 5 episodes out of 98 that have aired so far. Either way though, most people here in the US (and around the world) probably don't know who he is.

Edited by roadwarrior, Mar 8 2010, 8:58pm :

roadwarrior said,
In the UK. Most of the other 99% of the world have never heard of him.

I think its just people in the US haven't heard of him, I'm Australian and I've heard of him, I've seen quite a few of the shows he's been in, haven't you ever watched Blackadder?

In the end though, the article isn't so much about the legendary actor (IMHO) but more about the power that celebrities on Twitter can hold.

If I might draw a parrallel here so that those of us that are living Fry-less lives can understand a bit better, imagine someone like Oprah Winfrey or George Clooney tweeting a link and then how the linked site's traffic would suddenly skyrocket.

Pam14160 said,
Okay so this guy is a legend. . .what in his own mind. Sorry, it must be hard living within himself.

My sentiments also.

testman said,
Sued? What laws would he have broken? *rolleyes*
Laws don't always have relevance in lawsuites And while I bet he could be sued, I would hope it gets thrown out, unless he does it with the obvious intent to take a site down.

The possibilities with that power could be endless.
Could he potentially get sued if he cost a company money who apparently "never" received the email, before being taken out by the tweet?

Zimmyantz said,
The possibilities with that power could be endless.
Could he potentially get sued if he cost a company money who apparently "never" received the email, before being taken out by the tweet?

If someone hacked his account it would be a great way to perform a DDOS attack on a site.

agreenbhm said,

If someone hacked his account it would be a great way to perform a DDOS attack on a site.

That's an interesting point...