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Royal Wedding is the largest event in internet history

Surpassing the death of Michael Jackson, today’s event in London appears to have taken the internet and Twittersphere by storm…

Rumours that her majesty tweeted during the ceremony were unconfirmed (File photo)
Rumours that her majesty tweeted during the ceremony were unconfirmed (File photo)
Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

THE ROYAL WEDDING has made the news for all sorts of reasons today including becoming the largest internet event in history with an estimated 400 million people worldwide believed to have watched it online.

Such was the enormity of the event and the number of people wishing to tune-in, the BBC website went down temporarily during the wedding ceremony with the BBC later acknowledging technical issues “due to the sheer weight of traffic”.

Beforehand, the royal family had turned to Google, whose servers it believed could cope with the influx and which streamed an official live feed of the event on YouTube as well as the much-visited official royal website.

The Times reports that there were problems with phone networks particularly in parts of Central London where the wedding took place.

The paper added that the event is expected to have drawn a bigger online crowd than other major news events in the internet age, for example eclipsing the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.

Facebook said that in the 24 hours prior to the wedding there were 3 million status updates related to it, one million of these were in Britain alone.

The frequency of tweets related to the wedding is likely to have exceeded 300 per second according to Tweetminster.

ABC News reported that there have been over three million royal wedding related tweets, eclipsing the Super Bowl, according to the US broadcaster.

The world of celebrity, sports and media personalities took to their Twitter feeds to tweet about the big event. Here’s a selection for you…

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  • Wayne Rooney

    The Manchester United star is amazed at the turnout for the event...
  • George Michael

    The singer gave us an insight into how he was enjoying the festivities. Although he later said this was a joke...
  • Piers Morgan

    The CNN host has a message for the world...
  • Rio Ferdinand

    The former England captain wants to know if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will bust a few moves at the after party....
  • India Knight

    The novelist and Times writer reckons we Irish were delighted at today's events. Were we?
  • Rory Bremner

    The comedian speculates as to the activities of the best man and bridesmaid later on....
  • Danni Minogue

    The singer and X-factor judge informs us of the importance of today's event...

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