What does the miners rescue teach us?

The miner’s rescue teaches us two very important things.

1. That mankind will come together and with the right techonology anything is possible.

2. That people will consume live streaming online. In their millions.

This whole section is quite beautiful and taken from CNN.

This is where it is heading. It is online. It is live streaming.

Between 4 and 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, online news traffic grew to more than 4 million page views per minute, making the miners’ rescue the fifth most-read-about online event since Akamai’s Net Usage Index for News debuted in 2005.

The ongoing rescue of 33 miners trapped more than 2,000 feet below the ground for 69 days is topped in traffic only by World Cup matches, Wimbledon and Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration as the top online news event.

Overall internet traffic on Wednesday was up 15 to 20 percent, according to that company’s Real-time Web Monitor. On Wednesday afternoon, most of that traffic appeared to be coming from the northeast United States and Western Europe, according to a global traffic map published by Akamai.

Liz Bradley, a spokeswoman for the company, said Web traffic appeared to peak when the rescues started late Tuesday at the mine site near Copiapo, Chile.

“We consider it pretty significant,” she said of the global traffic spike on news websites in particular. “Overall we definitely see a trend toward people going online to consume news when these kinds of events happen.”

She added that this online event is unique in that the ongoing rescue “has been streamed live on many sites for almost 24 hours and will continue to” be streamed live on the internet, on TV and on mobile phones.

As the trapped miners ascended a cramped mine shaft to freedom, some saying prayers, hugging loved ones and tearing up upon reaching the surface, online social media sites like Twitter and Facebook lit up in discussion.

Dozens of Facebook pages, both earnest and humorous, were dedicated to the miners, including “People Praying for the Chilean Miners,” “Rescue the Chilean Miners” and “Valium and Whiskey for the Chilean Miners.”

And at least five of the top 10 “trending topics” on Twitter on Wednesday had something to do with the rescues in Chile.

Facebook users in Chile posted 478 news stories per minute about the rescue at its start, and users in the United States posted 1,265 stories per minute, said Andrew Noyes, a Facebook spokesman.

CNN.com served 1.2 million live video streams on Tuesday and more than 2 million live video streams on Wednesday, according to CNN spokeswoman Jennifer Martin.

CNN’s breaking news blog, This Just In, saw its biggest traffic day ever on Wednesday in part because of the rescue, Martin said. The blog had seen 2.6 million page views as of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, she said.

This is where news is happening – online – streamed live.

The fundamental thing is that people are watching it.


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