Thursday, March 20, 2008

How to Scale a Facebook Game to 300 million pageviews a month

While tracking down a presentation that Friends for Sale did, I ran across this excellent interview they did about scaling their backend at It's fairly technical, but worth the read for anyone planning to handle 600,000 users a day (as I'm sure you all are).

Sample question from the interview:

What is your in/out bandwidth usage?

We used around 3 terabytes of bandwidth last month. This month should
be at least 5TB or so. This number is just for a few icons and

Yep, I just added 600,000 users = ~3 terabytes of bandwidth to my assumptions list in my budget projection, too. :)