Pop music legend Michael Jackson caused a bit of an international Internet furor yesterday when he had a heart attack and perished.
Millions of fans and interested folk flocked to their favorite websites to find information, and express their remorse over, Michael Jackson's heart failure. The news resulted in an onslaught of web searches for "michael jackson" struck from all corners of the globe.
Google, Wikipedia, BBC, CNN, Twitter and especially gossip site TMZ, which broke the news initially, went down briefly in a burst of cyber-flames as their websites were hit by a massive burst of traffic.
The traffic on Twitter rivaled the peak of the communication the day after the illegitimate Iran election. The BBC thought it was under a DDoS attack at first, as many hordes of Internet-goers searched the site for news on beloved MJ.
Even mighty Google News, for roughly a half an hour, returned error pages as their service was overloaded with folks searching for the most recent updates on Michael Jackson's status.
To some extent, the entire Internet slowed fractionally as millions queried the Internet to see if Michael Jackson was in fact, dead.
Rest in peace, Michael Jackson.