Tuesday, July 07, 2009

One Of The Most Watched Web Events, Ever..

There were many tributes at the Michael Jackson memorial but none were more poignant or surprising than when his daughter Paris Jackson took to the stage.

Paris Katherine addressed mourners at the Staples Center on Tuesday, tearfully telling them -

"Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much."

The Michael Jackson memorial will go down as one of the most watched web events, ever. Many sources predicted that the service would severely cripple social networks and news sites but although they were strained they maintained the broadcast from the Staples Center. I followed the early stages via the CNN/Facebook integrated live stream but opted to watch the majority on television. Twitter struggled but despite the expected problems the trending topics were dominated with references to the memorial. Also worth acknowledging is that fans have flocked to the Michael Jackson fan page on Facebook and made it the most popular on the social networking site. With less than 100,000 fans before his death that has increased to more than 7 million today. I'm sure further statistics from today will emerge and I'll make sure to update to incorporate that information..

Update: Here are some statistics from GigaOM that covered the event..

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