The newly created US messaging application called signal which has been hyped by many as an alternative to WhatsApp and endorsed by prominent people, including Elon Mask has stopped working following a sudden surge in downloads.
The company earlier twitted that, “we have been adding new servers and extra capacity at a record pace every single day this week nonstop,” adding that, “we have been adding new servers and extra capacity at a record pace every single day this week nonstop, but today exceeded even our most optimistic projections. Millions upon millions of new users are sending a message that privacy matters. We appreciate your patience.”
This is a similar challenge Faced by Supfrica, a messaging application created by A Sierra Leonean called, Al-Hassan Hafiz to help Africans worldwide to easily communicate, promote African unity and also the beautiful culture of the continent.
Within a space of three days, the download base of Supfrica skyrocketed from 10,000 to over 100,000 mounting pressure on the platform. Like Signal, Supfrica developed some technical challenges that affected the functionality of the platform.
The CEO of Supfrica explained that, “What this surge in numbers means is that, there is a financial obligation to better manage and sustain the platform;” adding further that, “the company will need financial support to ensure that, the server is increased, the OTP which allow users to receive 6 digit code to be able to access the platform, pay staff working tirelessly behind the scene to make updates and address the genuine concerns and suggestions of users.
The difference between these two platforms is that Signal is facing this problem even after receiving support through crowd-funding and grants from individuals and organizations. Supfrica is facing a worst-case scenario because the platform is self-funded.
The CEO has created a gofundme account appealing for support to sustain the platform; kindly find the link below and support in your own small way.
Gofundme link: Support Supfrica Platform