The Shot Heard Around the Net

Ainsley Jones

Where were you when Landon Donovan scored the game-winner against Algeria yesterday to advance the United States into the knockout stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup? While not everyone was huddled around their favorite local sports bar, many folks were keeping tabs via the Internet.


According to Akamai's Net Usage Index, the dramatic match finale could set a new record for Internet traffic, reports Mashable. Following Donovan's goal, traffic spiked to 11.2 million visitors per minute, surpassing that of the 2008 U.S. presidential election.


Yahoo Sports and Twitter were casualties of the traffic spike. Twitter had previously warned its users of World Cup-related outages. The match between the United States and Algeria wasn't the only contributor to increased Web traffic. A World Cup match between England and Slovenia was played concurrently and led to a 300 percent jump in streaming across Europe, according to the Telegraph. While breaking streaming records, Interoute, Europe's largest fibre-optic network, denies that there was a spike in traffic, but merely a change in Web behavior to watch the match rather than other activities such as doing searches.

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