I've begun to notice a trend among sites - Disney sites, naturally, since they make up the bulk of the websites I visit - bandwidth problems.
1313 Harbor Blvd, which has been the discussion of a few threads, has been heavily effected by bandwidth issues. After major bandwidth issues, they were forced to remove muchof their great content, over 10 gigabytes worth.
The Disney Experience, which has grown in popularity imensly over the past year, is also facing a bandwidth crunch.
The Disneyland Source, which outright closed a few years ago due to bandwidth requirements. Has now been reencarnated as Visions Fantastic- though you must register in order to view most of their content.
Ideed, even this site, MiceChat, has exceeded its bandwidth a few times, which isn't suprising due to the thousands of visitors it gets. (Back in July, Monorail Man told me they were using between 50-60 gigs of bandwidth monthly; I'm sure thats increased quite a bit even since then.
So, the question becomes, whats the solution? Bandwidth is expensive, and all of these sites rely on donations and advertising to try and make ends meet. However, the content they offer becomes a bandwidth problem once they start getting popular. So, do they sacrifice their content to meet their limitations, or continue to buy more and more bandwidth.
It seems to me that there's some business opportunity here- high bandwidth sites in need of affordable hosting and/or dedicated servers.
Any ideas, thoughts, comments anyone? I would encourage you, by the way, to give those banner advertisements at the top of the MiceChat page a click every day or so- it helps this site and lets you donate your money to other needy causes such as the Red Cross.