News Sites Fall Down
Major news sites were not prepared to satisfy the demands of news-hungry Americans on Tuesday according to measurements by Keynote Systems.The major broadcast and cable news networks may have delivered the most dramatic images of Tuesdays terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and Pentagon in Washington, D.C., but it was the online news sites that many turned to for more detailed information about events. Unfortunately, those sites were not prepared to satisfy the demands of news-hungry Americans. Web site measurement service Keynote Systems said that three of the most popular online news sites - NYTimes.com, Cnn.com and ABCNews.com - were unavailable between 9 and 10 am EST, the hour after the World Trade Center was hit by two hijacked commercial airliners.
"Weve seem some major events impacting Web site availability in the past," said Keynote spokeswoman Mary Lindsay, "but even then we didnt see the massive dramatic impact we saw today."