Sometime over the weekend, BookLamp was submitted to Slashdot.org, and we were picked up for front page coverage. That's great, in large part because it's one of the first times that we've been picked up by social networking sites like Digg or Slashdot without us knowing about it in advance. Normally when someone submits our link, they send us an update to tell us they're going to - this time, it just showed up with no warning, just a call from Paul last night before going to bed.
"Did you see we're on Slashdot?" he asked.
"What?" I responded, always quick on my feet. "Huh?"
Luckily the server was already optimized from earlier Diggs, or it could have been a problem.
The resulting traffic is always fun, as are the tons e-mails, interview requests, friendly greetings, good luck wishes, and additional Viagra ads that always seem to follow.
All of those - minus the Viagra ads - are very much appreciated.
Between BookLamp and CanGoogleHearMe.com's original trip, we've been hit by Digg several times - probably 5 or 6 times in the last year - but this is the first time we've hit Slashdot, oddly enough. I'm glad to see we've finally breached that wall, because I've always found the Slashdot crowd to be slightly more... objective... in their response to ideas.
It's a bit earlier than I'd have hoped, though. I'd have preferred that we had the next iteration of the software on the site before this flood came. Part of the reason we've held back from announcing any major motion in the site is that we want to have those tools out front before we open the doors and start attracting additional traffic. Sometimes the Internet does not work on your schedule, though.
Either way, if this is your first time to the site, welcome, and let us know your thoughts. If you're an old hand at this site, welcome back and feel free to reacquaint yourself with forums. Add us to your RSS feed, check back over the next weeks. Hopefully you'll have something worth playing with soon enough.