As expected, Michael Jackson's memorial on 7th July drew a gigantic number of internet users and it quickly became one of the most watched online events of all time. The live streams were aired on a huge number of websites and social networks ( Popcrunch had a list of some of the most reliable streams ) and netizens flocked to those sites to witness the memorial live online.
To give you an idea, CNN reported 10.8 million unique visitors and 72 million pageviews during that period. Facebook reports that around 1 million users posted almost 800,000 status messages related to the event. According to Gigaom, web service company Akamai said that it delivered more than 2,185,000 live and on-demand streams in both the Flash and Windows Media formats. It delivered 548 Gbps of live and on-demand Flash streams to users around the globe.
The good thing is that the web seemed to be prepared for the huge user influx and no major outages were reported. Some websites did load slower than usual but none of them went down for a prolonged period of time.