The terror attacks in London resulted in people checking news websites in their millions, trying to find out more about what was going on, many concerned for friends and relatives. From BBC News:I personally witnessed the BBC News website failing to load, along with a connection error to the Reuters website. Even blogs and community forums were experiencing heavy traffic as members and readers gathered together to share what information they knew, our own thread following the tragic events having received some 8,000 reads.Keynote Systems, which monitors traffic on net backbones and to top sites, said that visitors to news sites surged for a five-hour period on Thursday morning as details the attacks in London emerged.
It said that the download times for webpages on some of the UK's main news sites were eight times longer than normal.
In some cases pages took about 18 seconds to download and a quarter of requests did not get through.
Fortunately, while many sites were slowed by the surge in traffic, most remained available throughout Thursday.