Impact of the Vote on News Sites
In the midst of waiting to see who wins the presidential election, the most popular news sites on the Web reported a very busy day on Tuesday, as well as an expected significant increase in Web site hits since the last election in 1996.
For example, MSNBC reported its largest day in history. The day peaked around 12-1 p.m. EST with as many as 4 to 4.5 million single page hits, and the site finished up the day with more than 5 million hits.
This is more than a 300 percent increase compared to 1996, when there were about 1.8 million hits.
MSNBC also reported slow page loads due to the heavy traffic, but the site did not crash like it did in 1996 due to the traffic. Other sites, too, faced similar situations; Democratic.org reported some pages took more than one minute to load.
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.