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Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Arts & Entertainment, Science & Technology | 2 comments

Web Collapses On News Of Michael Jackson’s Death

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It was probably to be expected that Twitter would struggle as reportedly hundreds of thousands of tweets came in about Jackson in a very short amount of time. While I only got a couple actual Fail Whales, the site was really sucking wind for much of the hour that people were trying to get information about him. But Twitter was hardly the only site that was struggling.

Various reports had the AOL-owned TMZ, which broke the story, being down at multiple points throughout the ordeal. As a result, Perez Hilton’s hugely popular blog may have failedas people rushed there to try and confirm the news. Then it was the LATimes which had a report saying Jackson was only in a coma rather than dead, so people rushed there, and that site went down. (The LATimes eventually confirmed his passing.)

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RELATED, from the LATimes, “Michael Jackson-related traffic doubled Twitter’s update frequency, tripled Facebook’s.” And TMZ has a collection of celebrity tweets in reaction to Jackson’s death.

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  • The news cycle has virtually shut down and plenty of other important stories are growing mold as the world fixates on this. On this morning’s edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC, Chuck Todd somewhat wryly asked, “I wonder what sort of trash the politicians will try to dump this afternoon. It would be a good day for it.”

    Yes. Jackson’s demise has shut down the internet tubes almost entirely.

  • Your right Jazz. And you could have predicted this as well. When cultural icons like Michael Jackson die, people are going to talk excessively and incessantly about it. This is the culture that we have. Like it or not. And you can’t call everyone crazy for diving into the MJ story (not saying that you are Jazz). After 40 years in the public eye, along with a huge sphere of influence, this story has thousands of legs.

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