How Facebook Prepared Messenger for the New Year

We often take technology for granted, and this is because of the fact that it mostly works so well. Even when it’s not working, the problem is resolved quickly and very rarely causes anything more than a minor annoyance. However, a great deal of work goes into the process of maintaining the various technologies that we use. For example, did you know that Facebook actually had to prepare its Messenger app for the New Year?

You probably sent countless messages to people on New Year’s. Indeed, many of us send our messages at the exact same time, when the clock strikes midnight! This means that Facebook gets the most amounts of message requests at the exact same time than at any other point in the year. This increase is so exponential that it places a huge load upon the servers that Facebook uses. What’s more is that New Year’s hits each time zone one after the other, so Facebook has a pretty torrid twelve hours attempting to manage the enormous barrage of messages coming their way. And yet, in spite of this the social media platform manages to prevent any serious problems from occurring, and our messages end up going through without a hitch. Have you ever wondered how this happens?

Facebook runs a lot of load tests in the time leading up to the New Year to ensure that everything is going to go as smoothly as possible. Message batching is also done so that large amounts of messages can be processed all together. The social media platform understands the importance of New Year’s messages getting through at the right time without any delays, so it’s pretty cool that they work on ensuring that this happens for all of their users.

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