Realtime messaging for news sites

Messaging is the most popular thing on the internet. It’s even more popular than social networks.

What if news sites could get a piece of the action? To find out, i built a messaging widget for Metro…

We wanted to find out quickly if the idea had potential so i kept the widget simple:

  • No login required
  • No need to choose a username – one gets randomly generated for you e.g. BlueSquirrel. (If you’re logged to WordPress it uses your WordPress username but most users won’t be logged in).

We did want some precautions in place though:

  • Blacklist offensive phrases
  • Report abuse

So far i’ve load tested the server with Artillery and it serves thousands of concurrent users on a single EC2 node.

Watch this space for to find out if it was a hit with our audience!

Categorized as News

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