Google saw a 1 million percent increase in searches for â€œbin ladenâ€ during a one-hour period from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday evening.
The peak search traffic began roughly as news of Osama bin Ladenâ€™s death started to spread on Twitter, and roughly one hour before President Obama made the official announcement that bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces during a raid on the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound where he was hiding.
â€œOn May 1 between 7:30-8:30 pm PST, we saw a 1 million percent increase in searches for [bin laden],â€ reads a statement Google posted to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
The tweet also included an attached photo, seen below, highlighting the huge spike in â€œbin ladenâ€ search queries Sunday evening.
Google is the latest to release data of its increased activity around news Osama bin Ladenâ€™s death. Yahoo revealed Monday that searches for â€œOsama Bin Ladenâ€ spiked 98,550% Sunday evening when compared to Saturday. Akamai also noted a 24% increase in global web traffic, registering 4. 1 million page views to top news sites at 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday
Original Post: Mashable
Author: / Posted: 04-05-2011