Tuesday's midterm elections could rival the record set for Internet video during the World Cup, according to the Web services firm Akamai.
Before the bipartisan jingoism inspired by the quadrennial soccer tournament, quadrennial elections set those Internet records — the next-largest Internet viewing was of Barack Obama's inauguration. So it's somewhat fitting that partisan politics will once again overwhelm servers around the country.
More than 1.5 million simultaneous viewings were recorded during the World Cup in June, according to Bloomberg newswires. Akamai's CEO gives even odds on whether the election beats those numbers.
Granted, viewings will probably be spread farther apart, as polls close at different times in various time zones. Moments after Donovan scored a 91st-minute goal to keep the Americans in the fight for the Cup, web traffic spiked to 11.2 million visitors per minute, but it's unlikely that a single election announcement will generate as much instant interest. Unless the entire nation is transfixed by the Colorado Senate race.
"Blame the Tea Party." I thought us dumb hicks t'weren't smart enough to work a computer. I suppose thats why you feel confident in taking cheap shots at a political movement that doesn't agree with your ultra liberal english major background. I guess that happens when you never really have to work in life, you feel that everyone should get a free ride. Well as for "blaming the Tea Party" sure blame us for hate and genocide, how about the Holocaust, that was really the Tea Party. If you are going to slander a large political movement on a scientific news website; be sure your audience agrees or even likes you, then have the stones to back up you little pot-shot with some kind of arguement. You are what is wrong with the media Ms. Boyle. Have some honor as a jounalist, please.
How is Rebecca Boyle still writing articles for Popular Science? Seriously, why hasn't she been fired yet? She doesn't know anything about science and every article she writes has no purpose. The only exception is the political articles which only have the purpose of spreading her propaganda. Get rid of her.