After Trump was blacklisted from most major social networks, Americans hoped he would find a way to reach them. Currently, he only releases press statements to the media—which hardly finds a way to the average American. Some hoped he would join Gab or Parler, some alternative social app that is not run by Silicon Valley communists. Instead, he hinted at building his own community, where he would never be silenced again.
Sometime last year he launched a website called “From the Desk of Donald Trump.” It appeared like this would be a way for him to reach supporters on a daily basis. But parts of the website never seemed to work and he quickly scrapped the whole thing. Then word came out that he would launch a full-fledged social network called TRUTH Social. The launch day, according to Apple’s Appstore, would be February 21st.
Launch day came and… the demand was bigger than expected.
The site went live Sunday night ahead of its official President’s Day launch. However, potential users in roughly the past 24 hours have reported problem getting on the platform.
“Due to massive demand, we have placed you on our waitlist,” read the message received by several users, according to Reuter.
Other users reported having trouble registering for an account amid the early scramble to join…
As of late Monday morning, the app could be quickly downloaded from the Apple Store, but users attempting to join the platform were still getting error messages shortly before noon.
Truth Social was automatically downloaded to Apple devices belonging to users who had pre-ordered the app. Some people had previously been invited to use the app during its test phase. [Source: Just the News]
Soon after TRUTH Social went live, users discovered they were unable to create an account. Reports indicate this was due to massive demand. It’s very probable that millions of users tried to sign up, causing whatever servers the network uses to crash. Or, if you are conspiratorial, the site is being hosted by anti-Trumpers who made sure Trump’s network would fail on day one.
Regardless, it’s unfortunate that Devin Nunes, the CEO of this new venture, didn’t foresee such a situation. Launching a new social app is daunting, to say the least. But every software firm heavily Beta tests an app and its servers, to ensure as smooth a launch as possible.
Trump’s not a man that tolerates failure. And you only get one first impression. Nunes is now claiming the network will be “fully operational” by the end of March. Perhaps by then, they’ll work out all the bugs.
Liberal outlets used the news as an opportunity to criticize Trump all the more. But we don’t see their social apps crashing due to unprecedented demand.
Hopefully, the app will be soaring ASAP.
Author: Kit Fargo