Did the Royal Wedding take down the Internet?
Develop | Posted April 29, 2011

This morning was the much-anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. An estimated 2 billion people from around the world were expected to tune in, and the Internet braced for an onslaught of traffic hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom.

Google has reported that the Royal Wedding has taken over search results for the month of April. Over the last week, there have been 2.1 million tweets about the Royal Wedding. And as of 9:30 a.m. EST this morning, the YouTube Royal Channel live broadcast of the wedding had received more than 5 million channel views and over 12 million total upload views.

With all this wedding frenzy, has the Internet been able to withstand the masses? Starting at midnight EST and up until 8:45 a.m. EST, we have been monitoring the response times and availability of several news, social media, and video streaming websites that have been broadcasting live coverage of the Royal Wedding. While some sites maintained 100 percent availability, others definitely felt the strain.

YouTube's homepage maintained 100 percent availability and a fast response time of 1.24 seconds. However, for people who went directly to YouTube's official Royal Wedding Channel, the experience was different. The Royal Wedding Channel page had an average availability of 74.26 percent with 10.34 second response times. Most of the timeouts were related to restarting the live video stream.

BBC News delivered an average availability of 81.55 percent. BBC issued a statement this morning confirming it was experiencing technical difficulties with the website.

ABCNews.com showed a number of errors in our monitoring caused by the homepage taking longer than 90 seconds to load. However, most of the timeouts were related to rotating dynamic content that was not part of the initial user experience. The site's average availability was a low 76 percent.

AccessHollywood.com came in with the highest average response time with the homepage taking 22.29 seconds to load. While Facebook and Twitter outshone the others with 0.56 and 1.82 second response times respectively.

Livestream.com reported that the Royal Wedding broke its record of concurrent viewers topping 300,000 at 6 a.m. EST. The site was able to maintain 100 percent availability and its response time was 13.12 seconds.

Many questioned if the Royal Wedding would take the Internet down or how it would compare to other recent big Internet events like the World Cup. Our data shows that many sites were able to maintain uptime and good response time levels during the entire ceremony, while others did feel the impact of the Web traffic.

We'll be sure to provide updates on any new information and data as the Royal Wedding excitement continues throughout the day!


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