Sunday, March 13, 2011

Facebook's scale problem?

I have close to 5000 friends in my facebook account. Facebook does not allow me to add more friends. I guess they have design issues related to this.

Let me give you and example. If I want to do something (say tagging a photo) which requires a list of names, it is so slow. It tries to download the list of all friends that I have (including their icons / avatars). I could imagine what 5000 friends will do. This is even worse with slow internet connection like what I have (and perhaps what other people have in developing regions).

Imagine if I have 10.000 friends :) and this is possible. I've been ignoring friend requests because I just couldn't add more friends. Currently there are more than 500 requests waiting. Almost all of them are legitimate requests. And why I get all these friend requests? Well, I hate to admit it but I do quite a bit of talk (to univesities' students, etc.) and in each talk there are more than 100 people. If 10% of them want to be friends with me, than 10.000 friends is within reach.

And I'll have more (scalability) problems ...

Clearly there should be a better way to do this. I don't know whether somebody in Facebook is looking at this.

6 comments:

Arif said...

I saw the presentation of behind-operation-whale of Twitter, they seemed to manage in queues of event instead of queries (assuming FB is using the later). The full-blown FB web interface might've been designed for places with bandwidth luxury (?)

tikno said...

So, FB should change their motto to connecting people until 5000

budi said...

I guess the majority of users will never face like this. But, still ... it needs to be redesigned.

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grahainfo said...

if you want more than 5000 connection, use facebook page