How did you find out that Barack Obama was elected president? Were you watching the CNN coverage, with its freaky holograms? Were you surfing various news sites on the Internet, looking to see who would break the news first? Or perhaps you got the news from a friend’s status update on Facebook or Twitter.
Not surprisingly, Akamai’s Net Usage Index: News, which is a real-time monitoring of the impact of current events on online media consumption at major news sites, reported the highest-ever traffic on Election Day, with 8,572,042 visitors per minute at around 8 p.m. local time.
ZDNet reported that Facebook had a 20% increase in traffic (measured by page views) over the previous Tuesday’s traffic, with more than 5.4 million people clicking the “I Voted” button. According to the Twitter blog, Twitter updates on Election Day increased a whopping 46 percent over the Tuesday before.
I got the news of Obama’s victory in a very old-fashioned way: the radio. I was driving to a friend’s Election Day party when NPR aired John McCain’s concession speech.
How did you find out?