Digital royal wedding stats round-up

05/05/2011

If William and Catherine didn’t invite you, then maybe you’re one of the 400m who tuned in on YouTube? Twitter traffic spiked at 300 Tweets-per-second (with Kate’s sister earning a hashtag or two); Facebook tracked around 75 status updates per second; mobile network O2 estimated 65m digital photos snapped on mobiles on the big day; the BBC sites crashed briefly; and mobile GSM masts throughout the royal parks kept the net, working. A big day for the young couple; a big day for the web.

The royal wedding day saw several traffic records set online, with Twitter reporting 300 tweets-per-second during the ceremony.

Other royal wedding digital stats include:

Facebook said 74 status updates-per-second mentioned the wedding.

Google said 400m viewers viewed its YouTube live stream of the event.

Meanwhile, at 11am on Friday, the BBC’s website appeared to crash briefly, with an error message greeting visitors. A spokesman blamed: “Some technical issues...due to the sheer weight of traffic.”

The global audience who viewed Friday’s royal wedding, both on TV and online, was estimated at more than two billion, the Times reported.

400m were expected to have viewed proceedings on Google’s YouTube.

The BBC won the UK TV ratings battle, with the Independent on Sunday reporting of the 24m-plus viewers who saw the event on TV, 67.3% chose to watch on the BBC.

ITV had a peak of 6.1m viewers during the actual ceremony.

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