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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Not Guilty Verdict for Casey Anthony Causes a Surge in Internet Traffic
On Tuesday a Florida jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, eliciting a flood of reactions on the Web.
According to Akami's Net Usage Index for News, at around 2 p.m., about the time the verdict was announced, traffic to news sites surged from about 2 million page views a minute to 3.3 million, with a majority of that traffic coming from the U.S.
Mashable reports that CNN also saw a jump in traffic. Between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., one million viewers were watching CNN.com/live, 30 times higher than the previous month's average, Mashable says. Additionally, the Hollywood Reporter says CNN logged 12 million page views during this time and the story is already CNN's tenth most-popular video stream of all time.
ABC News also saw traffic soar around the same time, with the number of visitors to the site increasing by five times the previous month's average. Between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., ABC says 1.2 million videos were streamed on ABCNews.com, which is three times more than the average last month.
Of course, many people took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the verdict. Citing data from social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, MSNBC says there were 325,283 posts on Twitter related to the Casey Anthony trial on Tuesday, most of which were sent out around the time the verdict was announced.
Twitter's trending topics in the U.S. were dominated by subjects related to the case, with phrases like #caseyanthonyverdict and #notguilty topping the trends list. Other terms like Jose Baez, Anthony's defense attorney and Dexter Morgan, Showtime's fictional vigilante serial killer that takes out other killers, were trending on Tuesday.
Facebook was also abuzz with reactions to the decision. According to Newser, posts were coming in "too fast for AllFacebook to even count them, meaning at least 10 per second."
by Leslie Horn
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