Give Thanks Where It Is Due, 4,000,000+ Pieces Of Content Moved In A Week Is No Small Task

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Real Estate Agent with Myrtle Beach Homes Blog

Finger PointingI want to start by saying that this post is not a post about griping about the recent headaches we all experienced here at ActiveRain.  Nor is this post about how wonderful I think ActiveRain is.  What this post is about is simply one thing, the people of ActiveRain.  While we have all experienced deep frustrations over the past week and many have already voiced opinions about ActiveRain on Twitter or Facebook. This is not my post ranting about things, it is a post about the people who run the network.

I get the point that some of us are paying for a service that was not working 100% for the past few days.  I get that by the servers being down may have cost some of us some potential money.  Heck, I even get the complaint that you couldn't get online to leave your 10 comments/day and 10 posts/week for points.  But, the thing that many do not realize is that the down time was not something ActiveRain wanted either.

Let's take a moment to actually look at the daunting task that ActiveRain is accomplishing at this time.  At the time of writing this blog post, there were 1,628,526 other posts on ActiveRain.  In addition there are 180,822 profiles. And approximately 5,000 outside blogs per a conversation with Bob last week.  So lets say that each of those outside blogs have 100 posts, that means another 500,000 pieces of content.  In addition, we have localism with another 180,822 profiles, and another 800,000+ posts.  The other big piece of data that would need to be moved would be all the pages for each state, county, city, channel, & group.  Easily that can account for other 1.5 million pieces of content.  So, if we were to add this all up, there would easily be over 4 MILLION pieces of content to be moved. To put this into perspective, it would be like trying to move the entire population of the state of South Carolina in a week's time.

Definitely not an easy task.  But, that also is not the point behind writing this post.  The point of writing this post is to shed some light on the team at ActiveRain.  Since I used to work here at ActiveRain, I was given the pleasure of getting to know the team fairly well and thought it was time to share a little bit about them and what your team is really like.  I know sometimes members feel that there are better things that ActiveRain could do to handle situations, and that is probably true.  Are they perfect? No, but if you can find someone who is, please send them my way to meet me, because as soon as they do they will become imperfect.  Anyways, the next four people I am going to talk about are solely responsible for keeping this network where it is today.

TeamworkFirst, there is the newest community builder here at ActiveRain, Kerrie Greenhalgh.  Kerrie has probably one of the worst jobs here at ActiveRain.  She is in charge of handling answer every help ticket that comes into the network.  After doing this job for a year, I know how much of a task this job is. 

On a normal day, there are anywhere from 200-500 tickets that can come in.  During this last week's downtime, I can only imagine what the numbers were like, so if you submitted one with a problem, please be patient with her as she tries to dig out from this.  Hopefully by now most things are back working properly, so you will not need to wait on the response.  But, if you are needing help, I promise if you give it time, her smiling face will either be emailing you a response, or possibly even a phone call!

The second piece of the team that keeps this ship running and who has probably put in the most work over the past ten days is the head developer here at ActiveRain, Jorgen.  I doubt that this man has slept more than three hours a day during the past week as he has taken on this major project of moving things.  Normally when something this major is going on, there is a full team to make this type of move.  A team of several people, not just two or three other people.  Personally, I cannot believe they were able to accomplish things as fast and as quickly as they did.  This guy just astonishes me with his skills and ability to get things done. In addition to handling the major tasks like this one going on, Jorgen is the one who single handily keeps the entire network running by himself behind the scenes.  He probably would not like the fact I said all this because he prefers being unseen, but please go send him some appreciation on his page.

Lastly, the two guys that have probably come under the most fire over the past week have been Bob Stewart & Brad Andersohn.  The reason that Bob & Brad have taken so much heat is due to the fact that they are the faces of ActiveRain.  They are the people that you turn to when you have a question or need help with something on the network.  From working along side these two for almost a year, I learned very quickly their work ethics and dedication to members.  Many mornings when I would awake and start work, I would already find them online at 5:30 AM their time! When I had started here at ActiveRain, I remember Bob saying to me this: "Jeremy, to work this job, you have to realize you do not get time off."  Never before were such true words spoken.  I used to receive phone calls at 7AM from my good friend Lenn Harley and also at as late as 11:30PM from people like Lisa Hill.  We have all become so used to their prompt responses and instant troubleshooting of our issues that when there comes a time that we aren't getting the immediate fix we get a little frustrated.

There is nobody on this network more passionate about ActiveRain than these two guys I promise you.  Unfortunately though, when you are the mouthpieces for an organization, you are also the persons who take the abuse when something goes wrong.  The past week I have seen all sorts of comments directed at both Bob Stewart & Brad Andersohn for the things that happened here.  The part that most do not realize, is that neither had control over the network going down, or control over bringing it back up. 

Both Brad & Bob have zero connections to the technical back end of what makes things run here.  Their jobs are to build our community and make this the most successful real estate network in the planet.  Really and truly, just as T Boardman said today in her post, "There is no such thing as a never fail blog or web site or a site that is never down."  She is 100% correct.  It does not matter what the site is, there are times that things happen.

I remember a few months back when Google & gmail completely crashed.  There have also been those infamous times where Twitter & Facebook have had their issues and gone completely down.  In fact, today we were all ready for our weekly radio show, Social Media Edge on Blog Talk Radio and right as we began the show, the entire thing crashed.  We had special guests lined up to speak but could not host our show. Unfortunately these things happen. 

So, take a few moments go visit Bob, Brad, Jorgen & Kerrie to let them know how much you appreciate their work here.

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Rainmaker
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Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Jeremy, your insight to the issues and the poor people who received the brunt of the crticism is wonderful. Thank you. As Lenn wrote easlier this week, the only reason we were so upset is because we love the site so much!

May 05, 2010 01:46 AM #58
Rainer
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Kirsten Lindquist
Pacific Union International - Sonoma, CA
Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country

Jeremy:  Technology issues are a daily grind for most of us.  The folks behind the scenes at AR...and the faces, too...have just been through what most of us relative non-techies can not even fathom surviving!

Kudos to all.  I deeply appreciate the knowledge and expertise that has built this site and helped so many of us gain higher visibility in our respective markets.  Kudos to the brainiacs and the brawny and brave ones at Active Rain....

May 05, 2010 02:17 AM #59
Rainmaker
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Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Big shout out to them!!!!!  thank you for sharing what all of their roles are!

May 05, 2010 02:18 AM #60
Rainmaker
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Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

Leslie- Even though I do not work for AR anymore, I can guarantee that they put many days/weeks of preparation into moving this stuff.  Since it sounds like you are an expert on the subject, next time they need assistance, I will have them contact you. 

Thanks Maureen- I really did love being a part of this family.  I never before worked with such dedicated hard working team of people.  It is amazing that a staff of 12-15 can handle the volume of 180,000+ members!

Missy- I am sure being the future Mother in law you have heard a few of the fun stories...I remember a few very colorful phone calls we would have :)

 

May 05, 2010 03:16 AM #61
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Very well said Jeremy. Thanks for defining everyone's roles and introducing the newbies. And thank you to the AR team for all they do to make out lives better.

May 05, 2010 03:32 AM #62
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Linda Powers
Resort Realty - Duck - Duck, NC
On the Outer Banks

Jeremy,

Your post is right on for me. I've been raining for about 7 months now. Love. Love. Love. Though I am absolutely addicted this is not like being without power, water, or any other of life's necessities. Well ... maybe it is, but I have found everyone at AR going beyond any of my expectations.

Love all y'all.

May 05, 2010 03:49 AM #63
Rainmaker
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Yes, am fully impressed with the Rain gods here!  Thank you for writing the post that I ahve wanted to write! 

May 05, 2010 05:12 AM #64
Rainmaker
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

I'm glad we are back!!

Patricia

May 05, 2010 05:23 AM #65
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Ted Tyndall
Davidson Realty Inc. - Saint Augustine, FL
FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine

Jeremy, I agree it was not an easy task. We were actually not inconvenienced that much. To not have the errors now was worth it.

May 05, 2010 07:45 AM #66
Rainmaker
467,290
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Jeremy........ I am just so glad the network responds FASTER than it did before.....

I was in the middle of moving when this all happened..... so it really did not affect me at all.

Brad is an awesome person and I applaud all of ARs employees!!!

I am sure Brad and company are glad you posted this!!

=-)

May 05, 2010 08:26 AM #67
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Cari Anderson
Danville, CA

Jeremy: I have been a bit annoyed at all the angry banter going on over the past week. I agree with you and the quote that nothing is ever up 100%. I am just glad that the problem (proxy errors etc) was being addressed and handled. I realized it may take more than a few hours and that the site might be down for a while. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn't a big deal and hopefully those that were ticked off have calmed down by now. I'm just super-happy I don't have to deal with dang proxy errors and bad gateways any more so I say "Thank You, Active Rain!"

May 05, 2010 09:35 AM #68
Rainmaker
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Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

I am very appreciative of AR's efforts in the past week.  I have not had the first issue since Tuesday!

May 05, 2010 09:50 AM #69
Rainmaker
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Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD

Jeremy,

Solid content right there. Kerrie and Jorgen are due a hefty raise. Bob and Brad should get a few weeks off to chill, I say.

May 05, 2010 10:26 AM #70
Rainmaker
434,007
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Jeremy- Thanks for a great post and setting the record straight. I must say I never knew how much I really depended on AR until it wasn't there. So glad it is back and up and running!

May 05, 2010 10:34 AM #71
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jeremy - Nice job of puttings things in perspective here.  That is a LOT of content!  I've always known that AR had people in charge who genuinely care about us - glad to see that things are back on track, even if some minor stuff still needs fixing.

May 05, 2010 01:45 PM #72
Rainmaker
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Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Jeremy -- In their usual style, the ActiveRain team's dedication and determination has been very evident and is much appreciated.  We all knew they weren't sitting on their hands.  Moving 4M pieces of content is indeed a daunting task...especially without taking the system down for a period of time.  Kudos to everyone who helped to work it out.

May 05, 2010 03:43 PM #73
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Jeremy,

 

I'm surely glad that I wasn't any of them this last week.  Big thanks to Jorgen.

May 05, 2010 04:20 PM #74
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Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner

It's almost impossible for a site to be up 100% of the time, and no one will guarantee that.

Moving and adding servers to a different state has to be a difficult task, which was made necessary due to the rapid growth of AR.

Most understand that. Many don't and that's unfortunte.

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