A couple weeks ago we discovered a little site called [now.jit.su](http://now.jit.su/) was absolutely blowing up on [Nodejitsu](http://nodejitsu.com/). The project entitled [This Is Now](http://now.jit.su/) is a real time Instagram feed from 8 different cities around the world, crafted by [Lexical Gap](http://lexicalgap.com.au/), a Sydney-based team of creative technologists made up of [Marcio Puga](https://twitter.com/marciopuga), [Mauricio Massaia](https://twitter.com/mauriciomassaia), and [Per Thoresson] (https://twitter.com/@PerThoresson).
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)[http://thenewyork-now.jit.su/] and find photos of sky scrapers, BK street corners, and people's pets, while the feed from [London](http://london-now.jit.su/) 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 [Socket.io](http://socket.io/) to communicate with the [Instagram API](https://github.com/dguzzo/instagram_api) via [Instagram-node-lib](https://github.com/mckelvey/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 Socket.io 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.