Ho ho ho!
It seems I was a bit busy the last weeks and this is very true. Today is the day to dissolve a little bit of the chaos on my computer and to be honest, I won’t have any chance, I just try to reduce the email overflow.
The first video shows readers of the NYTimes within the United States on one day, the day Michael Jackson died and the second the readers on a global base. Yellow circles and their sizes present the number of users who read the main NYTimes website from their desktop computer or laptop while the number and size of pink circles is according to the number of mobile application users. The position of the circles indicates the geographical origin.
Just watching these maps glow can be a mesmerizing experience, but there’s another fascinating piece of data within this particular day. At about 1 minute and 10 seconds into the video, at 5:20 p.m., you can see a huge pulse of readers coming to the Web site, both from mobile devices and personal computers. This huge traffic bump happened after TMZ.com broke the news of Mr. Jackson’s death. As the news started to filter across the Internet, traffic continued to ebb and flow throughout the evening.