Saved by smartphones? Sites stay up despite spike

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday, May 2, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- News of Osama bin Laden's death has caused traffic to increase at popular U.S. news sites. Yet outages and slowdowns were less severe than during major news events in the past, meaning fewer people were stuck staring at error messages.

Two likely reasons? Smartphones and the royal wedding in Britain.

Smartphones typically deliver slimmed-down versions of the regular Web pages, which reduces the load on the sites.

Last week's wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton may have also helped because many news organizations upgraded their Internet infrastructure, anticipating huge page views. Some of the extra capacity, which often can be increased or decreased based on a site's needs, may still have been in place.

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