Election maps are an interesting challenge for digital media: millions of people are awaiting the results, hitting F5 endlessly in their desktops and accessing from their mobile devices (that means: from everywhere!), at the time that data comes bit by bit, in what seems a very slow night. Receiving, processing, and publishing this data in an appealing way to offer an interactive application that enables the usable discovery and browsing of the election data is not an easy task.
But this is one of the situations where CartoDB comes to the rescue, making easy and beautiful what before was hard and -many times- ugly. With the CartoDB Platform you can easily push real time updates of your data to populate your visualizations. The CartoDB infrastructure provides all needed to serve millions of users visiting your maps. But when you mix those two things, it is recommended that you follow some guidelines to ensure optimal performance.
The key point is to avoid the continuous invalidation of the generated caches by not doing updates more than it is really needed.
As a bonus point, consider showing us your application before going public to check things that could be optimized.
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