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Question: How Big is Instructables? Answered

CameronSS asked: How big is Instructables? Counting all of the text, images, sounds, videos, etc. that are stored on the site, how much space does it take up? A few gigabytes? A few hundred gigabytes? A few terabytes?

How big do you think Instructables is? The About page will tell you how many employees and associates Instructables has, but how big do you think Instructables is, information-wise?

This is like a jelly-bean counting contest, except on a much bigger scale and with inedible jellybeans.

Guess away!

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comodore
comodore

12 years ago

Well, I don't know how big it is, but to me is information, that gives is priceless...

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Gjdj3
Gjdj3

12 years ago

I'd say... and I'm just guessing here, 1 instructabyte. What's an instructabyte you ask? An instructabyte is the size of Instructables Counting all of the text, images, sounds, videos, etc. that are stored on the site.

Haha, but I actually have no idea.

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mg0930mg
mg0930mg

Reply 12 years ago

I must agree..

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 12 years ago

Good one! *applauds*

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

12 years ago

Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some. Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, real 'wow, that's big', time. Infinity is just so big that by comparison, bigness itself looks really titchy. Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly huge is the sort of concept we're trying to get across here.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

He's Texan. He ought to know about big.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

I was, of course, quoting the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

I gotta read that someday...*scribbles on library list*

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

Do indeed read it. Douglas Adams is/was a genius of comedy...

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

We apologize for the inconvenience!

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

That's alright...

Everything's Amazingly amazing.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

The books are better than the film, but the BBC TV show is better than the book, and the original radio series is better than them all.

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peach_fart
peach_fart

Reply 12 years ago

that doesnt make sense

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Try reading from the start of the thread...

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peach_fart
peach_fart

Reply 12 years ago

i meant your sentence. ive read hitchhikers.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Hitchhikers started as a radio series in the UK, which became a trilogy of books in five parts. The radio series is better than the books.

There was also a BBC TV series.

In order of quality, best to worst, it goes:

1) Radio series
2) TV series
3) Books
4) Film

See?

The radio series may be available on CD.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

Hehe - I've watching the TV show before. If you caught it in the film, the original Marvin was waiting in line on the Vogon planet. I've never heard the radio series, but my dad says he's got tapes of it.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Ha, Marvin in the line was the highlight of the whole film for me.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

The TV show is good, they have it at my library. Unfortunetly my father feels it insults his intelligence...

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

Would you say the book or the movie was better?

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

The five books were unparalleled better.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

I'll have to try those out next time I go to the library!

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Gjdj3
Gjdj3

Reply 12 years ago

Douglas Adams rules!

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

Indeed he does...

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Doctor What
Doctor What

12 years ago

For some reason, I'm the only user in my city. And one of about a handful in my state. It's sad. I need to spread the good word. Where's the book already?

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CameronSS
CameronSS

12 years ago

I just realized, we never got an answer.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 12 years ago

Stiiiiiiiil nothing...We're anxiously waiting...at least I am...waiting...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Hey, I gave you the answer - 660cm2 - I measured it and everything.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Depends on what browser you're using.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

Or what your resolution is.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

On a scale of 1-10, my resolution is usually "firm".

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Actually, it depends on which monitor I'm using...

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TheCheese9921
TheCheese9921

12 years ago

*holds up number of fingers* this many big

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 12 years ago

ROFL!!!

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

12 years ago

Calculating.... I'd say only ~120GB forms and instructables are only ~60GB

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

12 years ago

I thought you ment how popular... in the latest popular mechanics look at page 18... i think... I don't have it with me right now

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PKM
PKM

12 years ago

You might want to batten down your robots.txt before some enterprising compsci like myself gets ideas and writes a crawler to get the answer accurate to the byte... I don't see a question like that as a guessing game, more as a "How would you go about writing a simple web crawler to accurately determine the total size of a large Web 2.0 website such as www.instructables.com? (20 marks)"

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 12 years ago

I was about to say: crawl it. =)

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PKM
PKM

Reply 12 years ago

I'm not sure who I'd get in more trouble with, my ISP or Instructables :P It'd be a lot easier to crawl those index pages (should they exist), parse out the file sizes and sum them up, assuming they're rounded properly you should get reasonable accuracy.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

I think the robots.txt file for instructables is restricted anyway.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Um...that wouldn't make sense, really...

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PKM
PKM

Reply 12 years ago

User-agent: Googlebot Disallow: /include/ Disallow: /account/ Disallow: /you/ Disallow: /admin/ Disallow: /pages/ Disallow: /static/ Disallow: /ajax/ Disallow: /META-INF/ Disallow: /WEB-INF/ Disallow: /you/ Disallow: /edit/ What would be the point of a restricted robots.txt?

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

Well PKM go ahead, my guess is as much a guess, however I think people are over guessing, images are instantly compressed, I suppose it depends on how you look at the site, what you see, every page or looking at every file...

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joshf
joshf

Reply 12 years ago

as long as you make an instructable out of it...