According to the latest sensational report, the live streaming of the wedding of Prince William with Kate Middleton had 1.6 million simultaneous video views, making it the biggest event in recent history, to be watched on the Web. It also surpassed the World Cup tournament held last summer, according to Akamai.
Akamai provides live media services for more than 300 news websites, including msnbc.com and other companies.
The Royal Wedding, streamed by YouTube and other websites also exceeded, "other major video-events like Michael Jackson's funeral and the inauguration of U.S. President Obama," said Jeff Young, spokesman for Akamai.
"Internet has become a broadcast medium," he further said."As time goes on and the technology improves, you're finding more people consuming more video on more devices, such as smartphones and tablets," Young said.
Another company, Livestream, said it surpassed its own record with more than 300,000 concurrent live streams.
The Royal Wedding ranked 6th, behind the U.S. Mid-term elections, Young said, keeping in view, the Internet traffic for News. He, at one point, observed a peek of 5 million-plus page views each minute during the wedding!
Unlike the 2010 World Cup, which showed Internet traffic peaks in the last moments of the game, the Royal Wedding kept Web viewers interest longer."The World Cup was a pretty narrow peak because people were tuning in the final seconds
of the game, and once they saw the scores, they turned out," Young said.
The coverage of Royal Wedding has been much more sustained. The BBC, which broadcast the event online said," While there were no major Internet break-downs, the sheer-weight of traffic caused the website to be slower than normal."
The royal wedding set an "all-time record traffic for a live video event on Yahoo!" Requests per second have surpassed previous records set by the recent earthquake in Japan, 40,000 per sec compared to 33,000 per sec," said a Yahoo! spokesman.
Meanwhile, Twitter reported, 500 tweets per sec. whereas Facebook, which is popular in both USA and UK was flashing with words like, The Royal Wedding, Kate's Dress, Princess Diana remembered, and God Save The Queen, on social networking sites.
The entire world was glued to televisions, computers and whatever other devices which could provide news about the royal wedding, as is shown in Twitter's current topic. It seems that Will and Kate have dominated and are ruling all ten of the world-wide trend spots!
More than 6.8 million people commented through public status updates on Facebook in the last 24 hrs, while more than 9.4 million comments were received through status updates in the past week, said a spokeswoman for Facebook.
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