Bin Laden death sparks outburst of online activity

Word of Osama bin Laden’s death has spread rapidly online, with people across the world sharing their reactions to the news with Twitter messages, Facebook updates and YouTube video clips.The number of tweets topped 4,000 per second while US president Barack Obama announced the Al Qaeda leader’s death in Pakistan.The barrage of tweets was among the highest message-sending outbursts at Twitter, which handled a record high number of 6,939 tweets-per-second when New Year’s Eve 2010 arrived in Japan.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/02/3205749.htmAlso see:Social Media Buzzes, Comes Into Its Own
The Internet surged with conversation about the death of Osama bin Laden, cementing social-media sites’ growing roles as disseminators of breaking news and as public squares where people discuss it.On Monday, the number of postings about bin Laden on social-media sites including Twitter, Facebook and others eclipsed those on the Japan earthquake and the royal wedding of Price William in the U.K., according to NetBase Solutions Inc., a social-media analytics company.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703703304576299422548353478.htmlInternet creaks under tidal wave of bin Laden death news
President Obama’s late-night announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs triggered a massive amount of real-time comments, searches, social networking and video streaming. The traffic explosion bogged down news pages and for a while even crashed CNN’s mobile news site.Keynote Systems reported that CNN’s mobile news site went down for a time after the news broke late Sunday night, according to VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi, who was posting news almost as it happened.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9216328/Internet_creaks_under_tidal_wave_of_bin_Laden_death_news
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/385017/internet_creaks_under_tidal_wave_bin_laden_death_news/

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