Wow, the 1.0 launch has been pretty amazing. Yesterday the Miro Guide had 90,000 visits, which is triple our daily rate in October. GetMiro.com spiked to 80,000 visits, more than 10 times it’s usual.
The launch coverage has been wonderful. Here’s some of the biggest ones: Fortune Magazine Blog, Wired Monkeybites Blog, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, Slashdot, Technology Evangelist, Lessig, Tech.co.uk, and our buddy Cory at BoingBoing. Also, I read somewhere that we were on the G4 cable channel and we’ve been getting lots of non-english press, some of which seems pretty big. More importantly, we’re getting hundreds of links from personal blogs (get a button!) and as always, word of mouth brings us many more users than any media coverage.
All this traffic has left us with a good, but expensive problem of bandwidth. We don’t host any video downloads; since Miro is a decentralized player everything comes from individual publishers and the videos we make about Miro we usually host free on the fantastic Blip.tv. Our downloads are generously hosted on the OSU Open Source Lab ftp network, so we don’t worry about that. But even just getmiro.com and the Miro Guide are up at 50mbps at times. It’s a good problem to have of course, but it’s pushing past our (small) budget.
If anyone out there has a server with major bandwidth available, give us a holler. If you’d like to donate some money, now would be a really, really, really helpful moment. If you might be able to give a large donation now would be a great time and I’d *love* to talk to you – nicholas-at-pculture.org.
(All donations are tax-deductible for Americans and since we spend in US dollars, your international bucks go far right now!)
Finally, I want to give a personal shout-out and congratulations to everyone on our team and all the volunteers, translators, testers, coders, donors, and advocates that have made this possible. You’re all kicking ass (and we’d love to get even more of you involved).