The e-petitions site went live today at noon so that people could start signing petitions raised in the first week and raise new petitions.
Interest in the site exceeded our expectations - some key figures from the first day:
- More than 1700 visitors a minute to the site
- Over 2,400 petitions raised
- Over 14,000 signatures in the first 4 hours.
We are working to increase the capacity and the performance of the site to support the interest in this initiative.
I am sorry to anyone who was unable to access the site during periods of peak demand today, the site did not go down at any time but we do need to provide more information to people during times of high load so that no one gets discouraged from using the site.
If you have any thoughts or comments on the site then please let me know and I will blog with more details around our learning from this site later this month.