The Darwinian derby to determine which RSS-reading service would replace Google Reader as the world’s dominant feed-wrangler may just have produced its first extinction event, after theoldreader.com choked on its recently-enlarged database and crashed.
The Old Reader’s schtick is that it looks and behaves pretty much exactly like Google Reader, which made it a nice alternative for refugees.
As the graphs below (taken from the service’s blog) show, user numbers have surged from around 10,000 in March to over 375,000 today.
That 5 July post also says the outfit uses
… this amazingly cheap but somewhat unreliable hosting provider that has led to
some issues with our database servers and outages.
Old Reader seems to have decided to do something about that, but the something has failed — via redwolf.newsvine.com