Web Use Drops During Swearing-in Ceremony

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-01-20 Print this article Print

Young said according to Akamai traffic statistics there was a marked drop in the company's retail Web traffic right at noon, when the new president took office. Akamai's online retail customers include Best Buy, among many others.

"It looks like there's a dip of about 200,000 users exactly at the time the new president was being sworn in," Young said. "It is rare to be able to quantify something like that." A glance at the Akamai graphic illustrates the point.

Yahoo.com had 792 photos posted in a slide show 1 hour after Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

CNN.com said its television and Internet coverage reached 240 countries and an estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide.

TV ratings will be high

TV network ratings weren't yet available late in the afternoon of Jan. 20, CNN's Martin told eWEEK. CNN is available to more than 2 billion people through 24 branded networks, Martin said.
CNN.com had generated more than 160 million page views as of 6 p.m. ET Jan. 20.

Web analytics provider Omniture SiteCatalyst reported that CNN.com Live served 25 million live video streams globally from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., shattering its all-time total daily streaming record set on Election Day with 5.3 million live streams.

"We built capacity for CNN.com Live to handle well above and beyond what was, to our knowledge, the most viewed live video event in Internet history," Martin told eWEEK. "Anticipating that this would be a high-traffic event concentrated in time, we arranged for a 'Waiting Room' in order to queue people wanting to view [in order received] as capacity became available without degrading the experience for CNN.com Live's users active sessions.

"Judging from CNN.com Live's experience, the Internet at large performed pretty well at what's likely to prove a significant new level of video throughput: another coming-of-age event for streaming video online."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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