The Web took a hit this past week with a perfect storm of news events. The passing of both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, the irrespirable lure of the Gov. Mark Sanford political sex scandal, and the continued unrest in Iran created a flood of news. The Web went into over load, but it survived showing its strength and durability.
On June 25, 2009 the World Wide Web felt the weight of some heavy news, including the untimely passing of megastar Michael Jackson. Most news websites reported access times dropping to half that of the norms. Social sites such as Twitter and Facebook dipped to crawl.
However, the good ole WWW withstood the storm. And while we can learn how to improve web services from these events, it is encouraging to know that Internet infrastructure can handle this type of battering.
There are still aftershocks. So you may notice some lags in your online performance. But overall, we should be encouraged that the Web can handle the storm.