How Web Traffic Spiked after Osama bin Laden’s Death

How much does huge, breaking news like the death of Osama bin Laden affect web traffic? WWD looks at the spikes around the web starting at 11pm on Sunday night, right after President Obama announced that Bin Laden had been killed.

The New York Times‘ web traffic jumped 62% from 10PM to 11:59PM compared to previous Sundays. The Wall Street Journal‘s web traffic jumped 81% during the 11 PM hour over past weeks.  Time magazine page views were up 290 percent from the daily average.

And CNN, which had a traffic explosion, saw a 217 percent gain in page views from Sunday night to 1PM on Monday. Moreover, CNN reported that Monday was one of their 10 biggest days in history.

Let’s just see how long the story lasts.