Sharp Spike in Internet Activity Caused by Osama bin Laden’s Death

I mentioned yesterday that I had a difficult time believing Osama bin Laden’s death. Even after reading the White House’s tweet quoting President Obama, I was still a bit hesitant. So I went online to read news articles and I searched and I searched and I searched. Little did I know that my searches would be a part of the sharp spike in the Internet traffic that Osama’s death has caused.

Akamai’s Net Usage Index is a tool that measures Internet traffic in top news sites in whcih Akamai sends content to. At about 11:30 pm ET on Sunday, it registered 4.1 million page views, which was about the time that President Obama began his remarks. That number represents about 28% increase in North America and 24% increase in global web traffic compared to the averages for that time.

Even with these numbers, the percentages are still under represented. As I mentioned these numbers are only based on certain news websites. Social media sites also experienced high surges of activity just as the news was released, including Twitter.

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