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BBC NEWS | Technology | Web slows after Jackson’s death

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on June 30, 2009

It’s amazing the amount of influence over the world that Michael had.  Here are some brief excerpts from this article that testify to one way Michael influenced the world even as the world learned of his death.

The internet suffered a number of slowdowns as people the world over rushed to verify accounts of Michael Jackson’s death.

Search giant Google confirmed to the BBC that when the news first broke it feared it was under attack. Millions of people who searched for the star’s name on Google News were greeted with an error page. It warned users “your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application”.

Google’s trends page showed that searches for Michael Jackson had reached such a volume that in its so called “hotness” gauge the topic was rated “volcanic”.

The microblogging service Twitter crashed with the sheer volume of people using the service.

TMZ, the popular celebrity gossip site that broke the story following a tip-off that a paramedic had visited the singers home also crashed.

There was a domino effect as users then fled to other sites. Hollywood gossip writer Perez Hilton’s site was among those to flame out.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Web slows after Jackson’s death.

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