Google – Spike In Michael Jackson Traffic Thought To Be An Attack

As millions of users went to the Internet to find out more information about Michael Jackson, Google had a major spike in traffic, which at first appeared to be an attack. The search giant stated that Google News was unavailable to some users during this time.

A warning flashed to some user which stated:

“We’re sorry, but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.”

Yahoo also thought they were under attack as well. In fact Yahoo reported that the search for information on Michael Jackson was the highest visited story in their history. No word about Bing.

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  • Ryan Farmer

    With tens of dozens of users in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death, Microsoft thought the Bing ads were finally paying off?

  • Ron Schenone

    Heh Ryan – now that is funny! LOL

  • Ryan Farmer

    The funniest part about their latest ad, “Search overload”, in which people get page after page of meaningless random crap more accurately describes Bing than any other search engine I’ve seen. (With the possible exception of Live)

    By the way, did you see what IE 8 does to your blog?

    IE 8 is not only not standards compliant, but isn’t even compliant with the non-standard crap supported in previous versions which Firefox handles quite well. 😛

  • Ron Schenone

    Hi Ryan,
    I am aware of it. MS is going to loose more share since it is not only my site that doesn’t render correctly.

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  • Buffet

    At least we now know where the idea for that face came from! (scroll to sphinx photo) /item_96731.asphttp://www.oddee.comx

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