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Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Al-Jazeera's English site woes
Al-Jazeera, the leading Arab cable news channel, has launched an English-language site. However, it's running into problems with bandwidth and hackers.

The new English-language site has no multi-media capability but carried photos from the footage showing the U.S. prisoners of war. The Arabic-language site had the video, prompting a flood of traffic on Sunday.

Lycos cited that video as the factor that made Al Jazeera the most searched term on search engine, generating three times as much search activity as anything else.

The surge traffic badly hit the site's performance. Product manager Roopak Patel of performance tracker Keynote Systems said the site's performance "went to hell" on March 23.

(thanks to Rolin Moe!)
:: posted by Bryan, 5:35 PM |

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