Google+ Consumer Psyche: RIP Michael Jackson

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Friday, June 26, 2009

RIP Michael Jackson

I just can't come out of shock that Michael Jackson is dead. He is and will be the King Of POP forever. What is the best thing Michael Jackson can do? Break all the records every time. His death is doing the same.

As I write this post websites across the world are facing spiked up traffic and Internet Usage. Fans are pouring in with RIP messages and communities are being flooded with them. Twitter is experiencing over 7000 tweets per minute. Facebook saw a frenzy of activity, too. The number of status updates during the hour after the Jackson news emerged was triple the average. Bloggers are uploading Jackson related content which saw a 300% increase. Many people are changing their profile to 'RIP...'.

Traffic to the leading online news sites throughout North America was at least 20% above average, according to Akamai’s Net Usage Index, which monitors online news consumption around the world.

The intense interest among Web users was evident on sites that track which terms are most popular among users. Phrases such as “Rip MJ,” “King of Pop” and “Thriller” were among the most frequently used on Twitter, and on Google.com, “Michael Jackson died” became the most popular query. Consumer Psyche expects the King of Pop to break the all time high record of 8,572,042 hits with the occasion being Barack Obama's victorious historic presidential election. The stats are from Akamai.

Few lines from Thriller...


Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller
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