The news of Michael Jackson’s death yesterday shocked us all. But it also sent shockwaves through the Internet.
Google, the most popular search engine in the world, shut down yesterday as a result of people searching Michael Jackson’s name.
People who Googled Michael Jackson’s name between 2.40PM Pacific and 3.15PM Pacific were greeted with an error page rather than a list of information. The page read: “your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application.”
A rep from Google said that when news first broke of Michael Jackson's death, they thought they were under attack by hackers. In the US, 36 out of the top 100 search terms were linked to the death.
Many other sites were affected during this time as well. As Hollyscoop reported yesterday, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking pages couldn’t handle the sheer volume of people logging on to express their condolences. And according to Keynote Systems, AOL, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and Yahoo all dropped from almost 100% to 86% in availability.
In related news, iTunes is also seeing a difference in their song downloads. Michael’s classics are being downloaded left and right since fans heard of the news.
Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s unbelievable to see the affect Michael Jackson had, and still has, on the world. He touched many people across the globe, and it’s the first time we’ve ever seen such an Internet phenomenon like this in direct correlation with a celebrity death.