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This Is Now on Nodejitsu
A couple weeks ago we discovered a little site called []( was absolutely blowing up on [Nodejitsu]( The project entitled [This Is Now]( is a real time Instagram feed from 8 different cities around the world, crafted by [Lexical Gap](, a Sydney-based team of creative technologists made up of [Marcio Puga](, [Mauricio Massaia](, and [Per Thoresson] (
It's a mosaic of images which gives you a window into the lives of people in cities around the world. You check out (NY)[] and find photos of sky scrapers, BK street corners, and people's pets, while the feed from [London]( shows the remnants of the 2012 Olympics. I caught up with Marcio who explained that this project was Lexical Gap's first foray into node.js. The Lexical Gap team used []( to communicate with the [Instagram API]( via [Instagram-node-lib]( to deliver a smooth real-time experience.
This Is Now also turned out to be a great opportunity for our team to test what happens when the cloud gets hammered with crazy traffic (i.e. 500 concurrent connections per drone). While there were a few regressions, we jumped in to handle them quickly, and everything went great. To quote Marcio "We received a private beta account from Nodejitsu on the 21st of April, and we have never left. The platform provided a robust suite of functionality that assisted in the development, management, and deployment of our Node.js applications. The deployment tools are definitely the most user-friendly in the industry. Everything highlighted above would be already enough reason for us to be convinced to use it, but our respect/admiration really grew when we met the guys behind Nodejitsu."
Thanks. :) Congrats to the Lexical Gap guys on the success. We can't wait to see what community turns out next.
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