Thursday, July 07, 2005

Update: Web users flock to UK sites for London blast news

Jeffrey Goldfarb writes for Reuters:

Record numbers of visitors deluged British Web sites on Thursday as people around the world sought news of the blasts that rocked London's public transport.

Sites operated by public broadcaster BBC, satellite TV company BSkyB, news provider Reuters and the Financial Times business newspaper suffered longer delays on their home pages Thursday morning in London because of the volume, according to a company that monitors Web traffic.

"There was a significant amount of turbulence in terms of performance," said Roopak Patel, an analyst at Keynote Systems.

The BBC expects by the end of Thursday it will have had the most visitors in a single day in the history of its news Web site, though it won't have official data until Friday.

Update: Netcraft has a descriptive graph on it's site about this (here).


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