Potato's getFavicon service passes 50m icons


Potato's popular getFavicon service has now served more than 50,000,000 icons to users. This works out a giant 12.8bn pixels of content - enough to fill over 10,000 standard-sized LCD monitors.

Hosted on Google's App Engine platform the application, made by Potato engineers in their spare time, is used by many blogs and websites to display a given site's 16x16 pixel graphical favicons. It holds hundreds of thousands of icons in its cache to allow them to be served quickly.

"By the time I'd got Luke to write this up, we'd actually served nearly 51m icons. Such is the popularity of the service," said developer Jason Cartwright.

Learn more about getFavicon in the Potato work section.