If you watched the inauguration of President Obama, you made history, According to reports, , more people than ever went online to watch live video of the historic inauguration.
News sites, including CNN.com, shattered records for viewers watching live streaming video online. Estimates say that about 7.7 million people watched online .
Keynote Systems Inc., which tracks Web site performance, said the Internet’s top 40 sites slowed down by as much as 60 percent when the ceremony started at 11 a.m., and many news sites saw even sharper declines in performance.
Obama himself got in on the action, posting this message to his Twitter account just after the inauguration Tuesday: “We just made history. All of this happened because you gave your time, talent and passion. All of this happened because of you.”
Globally, Akamai reported, 5.4 million visitors were visiting Web pages per minute at noon Tuesday, with most of the crowd in North America. How doesthis compare? The top-ranking news event in terms of viewers per minute was Obama’s election in November, with 8.6 million views per minute. A World Cup match and two basketball games also ranked higher than the inauguration.
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