London Bombings on the BBC Homepage
A very frustrating day today. I was lucky to be turned away this morning from Walthamstow Central as the emergency spread in London, and so I headed back home. It was the second day in a row that I'd been at home when a major event unfolded on the BBC homepage and I was powerless to help.
The team worked very hard today, and made many iterations of the page. By the end of the day the homepage was carrying emergency travel information, links to the major government and transport agencies involved, as well as the latest news headlines.
It is a cliché that people turn to the BBC in times of crisis and national unity. They certainly hammered our servers yesterday for the news of London's Olympic victory, and today for the less happy news about my home town.
I know there were times today when it was hard to get through to the BBC site, but I also know the frantic work going on behind the scenes to keep things running, and to strip services down to a minimum to get the maximum out of every bit of bandwidth and every scrap of capacity. Our Siemens sysadmins normally only get a mention when something is going wrong, but today they must have put in a Herculean effort to stop the site going into total meltdown. Thanks guys (and girls).
I've made a gallery of 15 of the different ways the homepage appeared to me at home today (I may have missed one or two iterations) - Gallery of different BBC Homepages today.
Flickr also has a London Bomb Blasts Pool, although I see it has now been renamed the "7/7 Community". I suppose every cloud has a silver lining - at least with it being 7/7 we won't have to have a transatlantic argument over which order the numbers go in.
[I think that is meant to be an example of the stoic humour us Londoners are supposed to show in these kind of situations]