Under the hood of Footnote lies a powerful search engine that keeps track of everything – nearly 300 million images, documents, annotation, comments and stories.
But with the tremendous growth in search traffic on the site, we realized months ago that we needed more horsepower.
For example, our 1930 US Census project alone will add 120 million new people and more than 3 million images.
Starting early this week, we began upgrading our search engine. But it’s a feat akin to trying to swap out your 4-cylinder engine with a V8 while driving down the highway at 65 mph.
As a result, some of you noticed some sluggishness in searches – some bumps in the road.
The good news is that the first phase went live today without a problem (20:05 GMT).
Although, we’re still cruising down the highway, it will be a few more days before we get firing on all cylinders.
Once that’s complete, what does all this effort this mean for you? You should see:
• Quicker search results.
• New content and Member contributions will be findable almost as soon as they are added.
• More historical content added to Footnote will not affect search performance.
We know there will probably be a few hiccups as we fine tune this new engine and apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
Please continue to kick the tires and let us know of any issues you find.