Just as the royal newlyweds finished their vows, Internet records burst. Now, tech experts say the event was the perfect example of the future of online viewing.
According to CNN, the abundance in Internet traffic makes the wedding the sixth biggest event in Internet history. Even bigger than President Obama’s election night. (Video from ITN)
“Global Internet traffic on news-focused websites peaked at 5.3 million page views per minute at about 8:30 a.m. ET on Friday … Will and Kate did beat out President Obama's election in November 2008, which got 4.3 million page views per minute.”
Although the wedding didn’t break the overall page views record, GigaOM reports the wedding did break the live-streaming record. The web hosting company...
“Akamai said it saw a peak of 2.9 million simultaneous streams (live and on-demand) across its network during the event … nearly double the previous record 1.6 million streams it served for 24 broadcasters during last year’s World Cup.”
A writer for Mashable points out the importance of online video streaming and social networking use during the wedding -- a sign that more viewers are using multiple platforms at once.
ABC News Digital executive producer Andrew Morse tells Mashable,
“‘What we’ve come to realize more and more through major events … is that the two-screen experience is becoming more and more ubiquitous … More people are interacting, watching while using their tablets and their iPhones.’”
Al Jazeera English notes the popularity of the royal wedding has grown significantly since the 1981 wedding of Charles and Diana -- perhaps one reason for the peak in Internet visitors. One expert speculates it’s because other countries -- like the United States -- don’t have royal families.
REPORTER: “When Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, it was in front of an estimated audience of 800 million people. This time, more than 2 billion people are expected to watch Kate and William’s big day.”
EVE POLLARD: “We have a monarchy that rules, but isn’t in charge. And I think many, many countries would like that because so many countries are run by politicians, people who come, people who go -- this is a family that just goes on.”
The biggest Internet event is from June 2010 when a World Cup match was played at the same time as the longest Wimbledon match -- attracting more than 10.3 million page views per minute -- nearly twice as many as the Royal Wedding.
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