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Jackson memorial gives web boost – BBC NEWS | Technology |

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 8, 2009

Michael Jackson’s memorial service is being seen as helping to solidify a new era for the internet.

Analysts and industry watchers said the power of the web was displayed in its ability to let people interact, share and also produce content on the day.

Global web traffic was as high as 33% above normal during the event at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

“The web lets us connect and see the story from multiple views unlike TV,” said Mashable’s Ben Parr.

“This is more than a turning point. It’s about giving users more than one view as well as opportunities to not only be a consumer but a producer.

“I have seen people with their iPhone 3GS’s recording video from inside the Staples Center and sharing it with the world,” said Mr Parr who is an associate editor with Mashable, the world’s largest blog focusing on social media.

Mr Parr said he believed this service would turn out to be one of the biggest events on the web.

Not everyone has been impressed by the floods of attention and headlines devoted to the Michael Jackson story.

A Pew Research Center Poll published last week found that 64% of those surveyed said Jackson’s death has received too much coverage.
Video screens featuring Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson’s memorial could top a worldwide audience of over 1 billion

“I would say this have been over-covered,” agreed Professor Thompson from Syracuse University.

via BBC NEWS | Technology | Jackson memorial gives web boost.

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