William and Kate bring BBC website to its knees

The popularity of the royal wedding proved too much for the BBC website which crashed on Friday under sheer weight of traffic.Users reported on Twitter that they were unable to watch live streaming of the ceremony from Westminster Abbey. It also affected some of the corporation’s other online offerings, such as live coverage of the world snooker championship.To read this report in The Guardian in full, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/apr/29/william-kate-bbc-websiteAlso see:William and Kate’s World Wide Wedding
The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton was an event for the internet age.Great traditions of state were celebrated by the modern institutions of the web.Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube were all given over to the royal wedding.And, like the streets around Westminster Abbey, cyberspace was buzzing with talk of the big day.Leading the online celebrations was the British monarchy’s own royal wedding website.Visitors were directed to the official Clarence House Twitter feed, the royal Flickr photo account, and the wedding “event” page on Facebook.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13236856Royal wedding breaks internet records [AFP]
Britain’s royal wedding broke records for live streaming on Friday, internet firms said, causing some websites to falter under the strain as hundreds of millions watched online.The marriage of Prince William to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was streamed live on the British royal family’s YouTube channel – the first royal wedding to be covered in such a way.
www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10722520Royal Wedding: Facebook a hub for nearly 3 million in U.K., U.S.
The royal wedding found a couple million friends on Facebook.Over the last 24 hours or so, nearly 3 million people in the U.K. and the U.S. posted on Facebook status messages, links, photos and reactions related to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who today became the duke and duchess of Cambridge.

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