Yahoo, Livestream and others set new records as the world uses the Web to watch a royal wedding for the first time. Facebook reported that more more than 10 million comments about the even were posted by late in the day.
The royal wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana attracted a
huge television audience from virtually every corner of the world in
pre-Internet year 1981. As one might expect, the IT communication flow
around the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) wedding on
April 29 brought one-day international messaging and shared video to a
whole new level.
Facebook says more than 6.8 million people publicly commented on the
wedding within the first 12 hours of the event. That number passed the
10 million mark by the end of the day.
Millions more people followed the London pageantry in live streams on
their desktop, laptop and mobile PCs while commenting on social media
, which partnered
with The Associated Press, UK Press Association, CBS and Entertainment
Tonight for its live stream, said it surpassed its own record with, at
one point, more than 300,000 concurrent live streams.
said it experienced its largest
traffic for a live video event, outperforming its audience for Michael
Jackson's July 2009 funeral by a whopping 21 percent, the AP said.
YouTube's RoyalChannel a Popular Medium
Among the many outlets webcasting the event was the royal family's own RoyalChannel
, a YouTube site that offered live video and tweets from Clarence House, the prince's official residence.
The RoyalChannel was so popular with viewers that it experienced some
distribution problems, as could be expected. Web performance monitoring
which followed 15 sites during the wedding, found that while YouTube's
homepage had 100 percent availability, the royal wedding channel had 74
percent availability and slower response times.
delivers about 20 percent of the world's Internet traffic, said that
global page views for the roughly 100 news portals for which it
delivers content peaked at nearly 5.4 million a minute during the
morning of April 29.
That amounted to the sixth-largest traffic flow Akamai had ever
recorded. The current record is 10.4 million page views per minute, set
on June 24, 2010, during the World Cup soccer tournament.
IT traffic on the Web and came in surges, reported SAP-owned Sybase365,
a global mobile messaging and mobile commerce service provider.
Sybase365: 600 Percent Increase in SMS/MMS Traffic
Sybase365 reported a 600 percent combined increase in daily SMS/MMS
traffic between combined U.S. and U.K. markets at the start of the
wedding, drifting down to just over double towards the end of the
The service provider also said that U.S. carriers nationally
experienced 31 percent increase in SMS/MMS traffic at the start of the
wedding -- big numbers considering the times on the East (4 a.m.) and
West (1 a.m.) coasts when the events began.
The combination of Sybase IQ and Sybase 365 Operator Analytics provides
telco operators a near-real-time view of their messaging operations and
enables them to run complex queries on their high-volume, high-capacity
data store. The company's real-time analytics and operator services are
what made this monitoring possible.
The highest amount of response time, of the sites surveyed by
AlertSite, came from AccessHollywood.com, ABCNews.com and BBC.com, the