June 28, 2010

Is it the Vuvuzela or is the World Cup just hot?

The first day of the Cup, Web usage was punted to an all-time high. Traffic to news sites peaked around noon ET, topping out at 12.1 million visitors per minute, according to measurements from Akamai.

The record holder before that? Barack Obama winning the presidential election in 2008, which notched 8.5 million visitors per minute. That's about a 30 percent increase - a major score for the World Cup.

On June 23, Landon Donovan's goal in the 91st minute against Algeria had reported traffic of 11.2 million visitors per minute. Higher than Obama but not quite opening day of the Cup, this fancy footwork ranked second for spikes in Web usage.

World Cup Owns SM

Check out the full article at http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/index?id=5330695

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