Internet mayhem as world logs on following the death of Michael Jackson
The internet went into meltdown this morning, as fans round the world searched for news following the sudden death of Michael Jackson.
Search engine Google crashed under the pressure last night, as millions logged on searching for the latest updates.
First reports that the star had died broke on US celebrity site www.tmz.com, which reported that the star had been hospitalised and that his condition was ‘looking bad.’
Internet traffic immediately surged around the globe, with news quickly spreading throughout the web.
With so many logging onto Google searching for news on the King of Pop’s death, the site interpreted the search term ‘Michael Jackson’ as an automated attack, and crashed under the pressure of increased traffic.
This morning, the star’s death dominates the web, with nine out of ten popular topics on Twitter relating to Jackson, and his back catalogue of hits racing to the top of the iTunes charts.