News for Nerds, or Green Car Reports Gets 'Slashdotted'
Not everyone reads Slashdot, but it has its place in startup lore as A) a great source for tech news and B) a major source of traffic milestones for young companies. The later effect is actually referred to as being ‘slashdotted.’ Here is a quote from Wikipedia on what this can mean:
The Slashdot effect, also known as slashdotting, is the phenomenon of a popular website linking to a smaller site, causing the smaller site to slow down or even temporarily close due to the increased traffic. The name stems from the huge influx of web traffic that results from the technology news site Slashdot linking to websites.
In past lives, we’ve referred to this as just “the servers are melting.” Our servers may not be melting (thanks engineering team!) but High Gear just got its first slashdotting this afternoon with our very own John Voelcker at GreenCarReports.com ending up on the front page with a story on, well, Can Urine Rescue Hydrogen-Powered Cars?
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