internet usage hits record level for world cup.

14 Jun


there’s a fever running through the internet – world cup fever. fever pitch was hit on friday when things kicked off.

last friday’s web traffic has been classified as “heavy” for most of the day, according to measurements by akamai. at the peak, traffic for news sites globally started a steady climbed reaching nearly 12.1 million visitors per minute.

the traffic suggests that the internet was most active during the opening game of mexico-south africa and stayed heavy through the second game of france-uruguay. it’s also very likely that with last friday being a workday more people turned to their office computers to follow the action instead of their tvs.

the most interesting fact is that the world cup opening day’s traffic far exceeded the previous record of 8.5 million visitors per minute, which was set when barack obama won the u.s. presidential election.


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