Ep 26: The death of Michael Jackson causes the internet to grind to a snails pace, iPhone 3Gs hit's Australian Streets, virtual parking inspectors, Australian Windows prices revealed.
June 29, 2009
Social networking has once again pushed the limits of the internet with the untimely demise of Michael Jackson who passed away last Friday aged 50.
Celebrations, vigils and synchronized moonwalks are being coordinated online. Sales of his music on Amazon and iTunes are soaring, according to The Times’ Media Decoder blog. Twitter is still populated with emotional outpourings of grief and messages commemorating Mr. Jackson’s music and legacy.
Mr. Jackson’s death is also prompting some people to ask questions about the life and history of the late singer. Mobile search service KGB, which employs human beings to answer text queries, has been flooded with questions about Mr. Jackson.
So did your internet connection seem slow early Friday morning? Traffic to news web sites globally sites spiked clocking in at one point at 4.2 million visitors per minute.
Some entertainment news Web sites including EOnline.com and PerezHilton.com appeared to load more slowly than normal. Sometimes they did not load at all, according to some observations during the hours immediately after the singers demise.
A Google spokesman said even Google had trouble keeping up. In California between 5:40 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Eastern, after TMZ.com had said Mr. Jackson had died, some visitors to Google News experienced difficulty accessing search results for queries related to Michael Jackson.
Twitter, the micro blogging site, went into meltdown with Jackson fans around the world using the social networking site to express their grief. Twitter said it had disabled the search field on users' home pages entirely, although it did not explain why. The troubles don't bode well for Twitter's prospects as a "real-time" search engine, which many believe is likely the service's most valuable feature.
The top five trending topics globally for the 48 hours after the death were Jackson Related, pushing discussion of the bloodshed in Iran off the radar.
Also on the show this week:
- The iPhone 3GS hits the streets this week an Adam puts it through the hoops, but will he upgrade.
- We take a look at the role of the internet in times of major breaking news
- Telstra Bill Shock for broadband users is back in the news again,
- Australian Pricing for Windows 7 was released during the week, and
- $4m later, Grocery Choice website dumped after supermarkets refuse to supply information