We may be seeing the limits of scalability, due in part to design failure, play out at Facebook right now.
Archive for February, 2011
Poor design of new systems (or of extensions to current systems) can create conflicts that are difficult or impossible to overcome. If you capture data beyond what you can interpret, or data insufficient for your needs (or with insufficient granularity) all the analysis in the world won’t improve your understanding of that data. And, if the design actually prevents the collection of essential data, no fix is possible.