How is Michael Jackson slowing down the internet? (Top 10 List)

In yesterday’s article, How Will The Internet React?, I said it very clearly: “This is going to be HUGE!”And I was right! According to BBC News, “the internet suffered a number of slowdowns as people the world over rushed to verify accounts of Michael Jackson’s death.”

MJ Goes Viral: Top 10 List

Effecting almost every area of the net, here’s a detailed lists of how MJ’s Death has literally slowed down the internet…(*sources include BBC News, ABC News, and MTV)

  1. GOOGLE: It’s true that between approximately 2.40PM Pacific and 3.15PM Pacific, some Google News users experienced difficulty accessing search results for queries related to Michael Jackson and saw the error page,” said Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker. 
  2. GOOGLE: According to ABC News, Of the top 100 Google searches Thursday, more than 50 were related to Michael Jackson, the company said, adding that as people searched for lyrics to favorite songs, “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror,” and “Billie Jean” were three most popular.
  3. TWITTER: According to initial data from Trendrr, a Web service that tracks activity on social media sites, the number of Twitter posts Thursday afternoon containing “Michael Jackson” totaled more than 100,000 per hour. That put news of Jackson’s death at least on par with the Iran protests, as Twitter posts about Iran topped 100,000 per hour on June 16 and eventually climbed to 220,000 per hour.
  4. NEWS-SITES: Keynote Systems reported that its monitoring showed performance problems for the web sites of AOL, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and Yahoo.
  5. BLOG SITES: Popular websites TMZ, Perez Hilton and other related blog sites reportedly blacked out continuosly
  6. YOUTUBE: In Jackson’s honor, YouTube spotlighted Jackson’s memorable videos on its homepage and linked to the artist’s YouTube channel. The channel has garnered more than 9 million views. The “Thriller” video alone has attracted two million and counting.
  7. iTUNES:In Apple’s iTunes store, Michael Jackson’s music quickly shot into the top 10 charts within a matter of hours.
  8. NEWS WEBSITES: Full-blown memorial sites, such as and Michael Jackson Memorial, have already been launched and invite fans to post videos, news and messages commemorating his life.
  9. FACEBOOK: Less than an hour after Jackson’s death had been confirmed, more than 500 groups remembering Michael Jackson appeared on Facebook, some with more than 50,000 members. The fan page R.I.P. Michael Jackson (We Miss You) had attracted more than 220,000 fans by midday Friday.
  10. WIKIPEDIA: Contributors  arewarring over official confirmation of Jackson’s condition and engaging in back-and-forth edits of the star’s entry eventually forced administrators to lock down all information related to Jackson until there was agreement among mainstream media outlets.

So yea…i’d say he took the internet by STORM :) On a final note, here’s Thriller with 61,348,893 views and still climbing:

Posted under Blogs, Online Marketing, Online Video, SEO/SEM, Social Networks, Viral Marketing

“Michael Jackson Died Of Heart Attack!” How Will The Internet React?

michael jackson heart attack

*UPDATE:  I’ve just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50…when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire department paramedics who found him not breathing when they arrived at the singer’s home, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

2 hours after the fact and as of 15 minutes ago, Michael Jackson’s hospitalization has taken the internet publisher scene by storm. Search Michael Jackson in Google News and you’ll see what I mean…this story has gone global in less than 2 hours minutes:

  • Washington Post – Michael Jackson rushed to hospital: report
  • The Australian – Michael Jackson Rushed To Hospital
  • BBC News – Michael Jackson ‘in LA hospital’
  • CNN(Updated it and pronounced he is dead)

Jackson was due to start a series of comeback concerts in London on July 13 running until March 2010, and has been rehearsing in the Los Angeles area for the past two months. The shows for the 50 London concerts sold out within hours of going on sale in March. BIG QUESTION: Where is all the money going?

How Will The Internet React?

In terms of marketing, I’m very curious to see how this story takes the internet by storm and by which mediums will more information leak out. Twitter, YouTube, Digg, Reddit, NewsVine…the list goes on. This is going to be HUGE!

According to TMZ, Celebrities are already Twittering about it:

  • Lindsay Lohan: NO OMG … sending my love and prayers out to Michael and his family … i feel sick..
  • Marlon Wayans: My prayers, my love, my heart goes out to michael jackson and the entire jackson family. I pray so hard for them. I’m crushed! Please pray.
  • Pete Wentz: Prayers and thoughts with michael jackson … I haven’t hope in so long that news isn’t true.
  • Kim Kardashian: Wow I am truly in shock that Michael Jackson has passed away! I love u Jackson family, my prayers are with the whole family!
  • Ashton Kutcher: Pray for his kids.

Like I said, this is going to be HUGE! Let us now pay our respects before letting the media bastardize this tragic news.

Posted under Blogs, Online Marketing, Online Video, Social Networks, Viral Marketing