On Monday, I checked out the House’s website after the vote. I could not get thru. The site was still very sporadic on Tuesday. Wired has coverage and they point to the site’s email functionality as the culprit. “The House of Representative’s website is overwhelmed in the wake of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout vote. The site’s button allowing constituents to e-mail their representatives is functioning sporadically after receiving millions of hits.”
The website simply couldn’t handle the load. It is a reminder at how technology must respond to shifts in attention.
J Wolfgang Goerlich
House Website Crumbles Under Weight of $700 Billion Bailout