From the Akamai Blog:
The 45th U.S. presidential campaign has been anything but predictable, and that unpredictability extended into Friday’s inauguration. One thing that has remained consistent is that people cannot avoid the spectacle, and as Akamai reported earlier Friday’s event was the most streamed in the election cycle with a peak throughput of 8.7 Tbps, which was roughly 6.4x higher than the current average!
Regardless of other arguments on the actual size of the crowd that raged over the weekend, we can draw a correlation between attendance in Washington to the difference in user behavior online between 2009 and on Friday. For example, in the Q1 2009 State of the Internet report, Akamai highlighted how Retail Commerce traffic dipped during the swearing in ceremony.
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