World Cup fever is in full force, and can you tell when it's game time? After looking at the performance charts of a dozen different sports sites over the past week, it's pretty obvious fans are both watching and getting updates of the World Cup online.
All the sites we're monitoring have been nearly perfect when it comes to their availability for fans, with CBSSports.com and FIFA.com scoring a perfect 100 percent availability throughout the tourney so far. Here's the breakdown:
The increased response times of the sites correlate to when the games were on. Take a look at Yahoo! Sports, for example. Look at all the ups and downs. When games are being played, response times are 12-13 seconds. But when there aren't any games on, response times are around five seconds - less than half as long.
Or consider WorldCupBlog.org. There's a lot of activity on the site while the games are being played. The increase in response times is evidence of that.
Ustream.tv patrons saw an increase in the time it takes to load the homepage too.
Things have seemed to calm down on Justin.tv since last Friday when record Internet traffic attributed to the World Cup slowed the site down. Response times on the site jumped from 10 seconds to 40 seconds at 10 a.m. when the first World Cup game kicked off, and reached as high as 90 seconds at other points during the day.
We'll continue to watch and report on the performance of these sites as the tournament progresses. Let us know if you experience any issues.
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