“Come down to the library, we’ll have a wild time!” (Eddie Izzard)

Well, we would do if we could get in.

The EU’s new Europeana digital library has closed, just hours after it’s launch, due to the huge traffic volumes. Who could have ever predicted that a library would be such a cool place to go? Well, it is online, and online is undoubtably the coolest place to be.

Immediately after it got up and running, the library of Europe was experiencing an average of 10 million unique user hits per hour, swiftly crashing the system. This was on Thursaday, and still, nothing’s improved… a message on the site currently reads:  “The Europeana site is temporarily not accessible due to overwhelming interest after its launch.”

Although this digital library’s been inspired by ancient Alexandria’s attempt to collect the world’s knowledge, they really should have had the intelligence to implement a better system.


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