High Scalability – 7 Years of YouTube Scalability Lessons

Cheating – Know How to Fake Data –
Awesome technique. The fastest function call is the one that doesn’t happen. When you have a monotonically increasing counter, like movie view counts or profile view counts, you could do a transaction every update. Or you could do a transaction every once in awhile and update by a random amount and as long as it changes from odd to even people would probably believe it’s real. Know how to fake data.

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