Michael Jackson's Death Slows Google

Jun 26, 2009 • 8:43 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

The all powerful Google and their impenetrable server farms took a major hit last night, when the news about Michael Jackson suffering a cardiac arrest and ultimately passing away broke. As CNN and News.com shows, Google was displaying one of those Google "We're Sorry" pages to searches trying desperately to find out the fate of Michael Jackson. Even Search Engine Land was suffering from the news, as the tweet confirms.

I remember during 9/11, sites across the Internet couldn't handle the volume of people seeking news about what was going on. I believe back then, the only working site was Google News, probably because it wasn't being used by as many people as use it now. The spike of people searching for Michael Jackson, amongst Farrah Fawcett and the fake news about Jeff Goldblum was tremendous.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of discussion around the death of Michael Jackson. I will only point you to webmaster discussion, which is a lot less for some reason. It is worth while seeing how Loren Baker sums up how the search engines handled queries on this news.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld, DigitalPoint Forums and Google Webmaster Help.

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Comments:

Chris Richards

06/26/2009 04:10 pm

Today I am remembering my love for the pop icon. You can say what you want about him but I will always remember him like this: http://tinyurl.com/everything-MJ

Kalman

06/28/2009 10:07 am

RustyBrick, Not a big deal, but the CNN link goes to a BBC article :).

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