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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 26, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    Websites crash under Jacko strain

    Ciara O'Brien

    So there you have it. Michael Jackson is dead. By all accounts it was a heart attack – a pretty ordinary end to a very strange life.

    And it was a website that broke the story first – TMZ.com. Not broadcast media or print. Within minutes, the topic was all over Twitter. Each update was tweeted as it happened. Looking at Twitter as I’m writing this, I have an entire page of Jacko-related tweets.

    It wasn’t all good for new media though. Websites creaked under the strain of the number of people logging on to get the latest updates. Michael Jackson managed to crash Twitter. TechCrunch has the screenshots here detailing the major meltdowns but I experienced the Twitter fail for myself. Frustrating, but common enough when a major story breaks.  

    Anyway. The end of an era, and the death of an icon, whatever you thought of him.