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Social networks: The new pulse of the Internet

I ran across a post from Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge noting that Akamai's content delivery network is handling 1 million rich media requests per second from social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo. Much of the traffic comes from applications maker such as Slide and RockYou with tens of millions of users.
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Written by Dan Farber, Inactive on

I ran across a post from Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge noting that Akamai's content delivery network is handling 1 million rich media requests per second from social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo. Much of the traffic comes from applications maker such as Slide and RockYou with tens of millions of users.

ComScore released its November 2007 numbers for widget consumption as another indicator that the widgets are becoming like blood flowing through arteries of the Internet. In fact, content is becoming more modularized and distributable, and the lines between applications and objects are blurring.

And this is what is clogging the arteries of the Internet via Facebook and giving Akamai a way to generate incremental revenue.

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