May 13, 2004

Nick Berg traffic surge for some bloggers

Some bloggers are experiencing traffic surges, thanks to the continued uproar (in the blogosphere, at least) over the cold-blooded murder of American Nick Berg by terrorists in Iraq.

I’ve never seen anything like the deluge that’s hit from the Nick Berg tragedy. I went from averaging 4,000 or so unique daily visits (as calculated by SiteMeter) to over 11,000 yesterday, starting with a huge surge around 9 last night. For some reason, this OTB post is the #2 result on Google for “Nick Berg.” I’ve had over 22,000 today and it’s not even 7 a.m.

Apparently, this spike is widespread. Jeff Quinton is getting so much traffic that he’s worried about his bill for excess bandwidth charges. If you can help him out, please do. Kevin Aylward, which has a direct link to the video, is experiencing so much traffic that he’s experiencing technical problems with the site. Kate McMillan is getting a ton of referrals and didn’t even mention Berg by name in her post.

And as James at OTB says, he's not alone. It seems that since the mainstream media appears to be trying to ignore this vital story, Americans and citizens all over the world are looking online for more information about Nick Berg's violent death and the predators who summarily executed him.

Posted by mhking at May 13, 2004 11:24 AM

I've gotten about 400 hits in the last 2 days from Google. Mostly people searching for phrases like "Al-ansar forum+beheading" or "Islamic forum", and they're all going to an article i wrote about a month ago about the bombings in Spain.

Posted by: Tom Alday at May 13, 2004 11:49 AM

I truly hope and pray that the visitors looking for news on Mr. Berg will notice one or two of the other stories on the respective websites (such as the UN oil-for-cash scandal, or the press conference of Kerry's former shipmates). Maybe the average American can be awoken.

Posted by: Rabbit at May 13, 2004 12:11 PM

Once again, when the media drops the ball, the internet 'steps in' to take up the slack.

I think in twenty years we'll look back and see that while we were busy trying to bring democracy to the middle east, in a way we were also bringing it back to ourselves. The media oligarchies are doomed.

Posted by: Tom at May 13, 2004 12:40 PM


We're looking at an overall revolution in the way of journalism; the closest you might find in traditional media is the sort of personal reporting you found from Edison Carter in the old Max Headroom series.

Posted by: mhking at May 13, 2004 11:09 PM

I'm very confused as to why the first audible screams on the video do not seem to match mouth movements of anyone on the video. It seems fishy.

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