akamai net usage index

akamai technologies, which hosts & caches Internet content for other major companies, has just launched a new website that shows the aggregate network traffic to indicate the interest in major news events in real time. the website tracks the number of viewers per minute by geography from about 100 major news sites, & identifies the times of day when news viewing peaks in different parts of the world. the according visualization displays spikes in network traffic, revealing a 'coming wave of news demand' so websites can get prepared in time.