When opening my Netvibes homepage today, I got a seemingly relevant warning message.
If you're experiencing slowdowns or feed latency, please bear with us as we work to handle a huge amount of new users. Thank you for your patience.
I can't help but wonder if this is users migrating from Google Reader.
I would honestly be super surprised if it was anything other than the mass Google Reader exodus. I was looking into Newsblur and their servers seemed to be on fire, too. Although all things considered, having too many users is really one of those "good" kinds of problems to have, like having too much money to fit into your wallet. I think the worst case scenario for services like Netvibes and Newsblur would be if Google Jay Leno'd them by changing their mind at the last minute. "Oh, you just spent all your money tripling your server capacity for all those Reader converts? Good luck with that, Reader's not goin' nowhere"
Though I suppose things ultimately worked out alright for Conan...