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This article was published on March 31, 2008


    Hyves crashes The Next Web Awards servers

    Hyves crashes The Next Web Awards servers
    Patrick de Laive
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    Patrick de Laive

    CPO and co-founder, TNW

    Patrick de Laive is an experienced entrepreneur and daddy of Bo and Denne. He is co-founder of TNW and sporadicly invests in startups. He is Patrick de Laive is an experienced entrepreneur and daddy of Bo and Denne. He is co-founder of TNW and sporadicly invests in startups. He is a frequently asked speaker at (tech) events across the globe. Check his LinkedIn profile and @Patrick on Twitter for more information.

    Today, Hyves, the biggest social network in the Netherlands (25% of all Dutchies -including fetuses- have a profile there) decided to go for Gold and asked their community to vote for them to win a The Next Web Award in the category “Best European Company”.

    Hyves has 100 million pageviews per day and over a 1000 servers… and by putting it as a primary message on the home page it started raining votes, over 3000 votes in 10 minutes! That was when our servers got tired and crashed.

    The Conference website is still up and you CAN still order tickets

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    They were pretty inventive, because afterwards they put my profile on the front page and said that you could vote for hyves on my profile, look what happened :)

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    Update: Servers are up again.

    Update 2: Well, they are up again but at a different address! Try this if you want to vote.