With just over a week remaining in the 2010 World Cup, the competition is growing fiercer, for the teams themselves as well as for the websites trying to capture the attention of soccer fans across the globe.
Last week, many of the sites saw their performance drop slightly over Week 1. And for just over half of the sites being monitored, Week 3 was even worse. Six of the 11 sites being watched had their worst availability and slowest response times of the whole tournament -- BBC.com, ESPN.com, ESPN360.com, Fanhouse.com, FIFA.com, and Ustream.tv.
That said, all of the sites except one (BBC.com) demonstrated availability in the 99th percentile.
And in many cases, the outages that did occur did not take place during game time, meaning other issues might have caused the disruptions. Examples?
BBC.com had zero percent availability from 9:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. EST on June 30. Similarly, ESPN360.com had zero percent availability from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EST on July 1.
The chart below shows how we have tracked the response times and availability of sites throughout the tournament. Only a week to go until we can declare an overall winner!