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Dotcom's Mega launch crippled by overwhelming popularity

Mega seemingly in a state of constant downtime, servers staying slammed by visitors

By Charles Gantt | Jan 21, 2013 11:05 am CST

If you happened to be living under a rock over the weekend, you might have missed the small news story about Kim Dotcom's launch of the new file sharing service Mega. For the rest of the world, you did not miss it - you were just unable to use it.


Mega, the replacement of Megaupload, has been long anticipated, and has been expected to be a major success from the beginning. On Saturday the service went live worldwide, and users were able to sign up for an account, which included 50GB of free cloud storage to get you started. That is about all that most were able to do as the service has for the most part, been extremely slow and plagued with outages.

All of this is of course due to is wide, err... mega popularity. Everyone is flocking at once to check out the new encrypted file sharing service, and that is killing the servers. Dotcom has announced that over one million accounts were created in the first 24 hours alone. We expect that things will cool down in the next week or so as the initial rush begins to settle down. Did you sign up for Mega on launch day? What has your experience been like so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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