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Royal Wedding Makes Online History

Just as official pictures of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton were released, it has been revealed that the wedding occasion made history as the sixth biggest online event ever. The event, which was watched on TV by over 24 million viewers in the United Kingdom and over 1 billion worldwide audience, was very popular on the Internet particularly on social media sites such as Facebook which recorded around 74 updates per second. In addition, Twitter recorded 67 royal wedding tweets per second at its peak with several users sending congratulatory messages to the royal couple via the popular micro-blogging site.

According to Web traffic monitor, Akamai, global news traffic peaked at 5.3 million page views per minute. While the figures also showed trending topics on the likes of Facebook and Twitter were dominated by the wedding although the event failed to surpass several major sporting events at its peak. Some of the most popular keywords used included “Westminster Abbey”, “Prince William”, and “Kate Middleton” as shown below.

Global Trending Topics On Twitter

  • RoyalWedding
  • #rw11
  • casamentoreal (Spanish for Royal wedding)
  • QILF
  • William and Kate
  • Sarah Burton (dress designer)
  • Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco)
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Rutter (John Rutter – composer of “This is the day which the Lord hath made”)
  • Anglican

Facebook Statistics

Figures from the world’s most popular social-networking site showed 684,399 status updates mentioned the royal wedding over a four hour period while 2,274 users checked-in at Westminster Abbey via Facebook’s “Places” feature.

Official Royal Wedding Pictures (Click to enlarge)

Furthermore, Clarence House released the official Royal Wedding album that shows the new bride and groom in the throne room at Buckingham Palace. The traditional wedding day photo album of the newly-titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was taken by Hugo Burnand.

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  1. Andersson

    May 1, 2011 at 2:50 am

    “fairytale wedding” + social media = online history

  2. Opsikom

    May 1, 2011 at 4:20 am

    wow is the biggest wedding of the century

  3. Basam

    May 1, 2011 at 7:49 am

    This wedding has left its memories in each part of the world. It was broadcast in the world and people was watching live ceremony show.

  4. Karen Arbutine

    May 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

    The numbers of people tweeting and watching were a whooping high didn’t know it’d crawl up that high, I don’t think there’ll be another royal wedding to beat it. Prince Charles married Princess Diana then it was William and Kate in the same church so it was like history getting repeated, there was a lot of historical resemblance. Princess Diana is still missed by the people and this also drew more interest in the wedding of her eldest son William. The royal wedding cost a heavy fortune and commoners were not too keen when it came to expenses and tax. The fact is the wedding was a costly affair but was also equally loved by people around the world.

  5. Henway

    May 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Yuck. Count me in as someone who doesn’t care about any of this stuff. There are so many things we can do to improve our life, such as starting a business, or improving our skills, yet so many ppl are preoccupied with things like the royal wedding. It disgusts me.

  6. Ava

    May 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I think I’m one of the only people that couldn’t stay up to watch it! Oh, the time zones. I still can’t believe how much social media has become a part of our news feeds and media- especially for something this historic. Can you imagine if Twitter was around when Grace became the Princess?

  7. raymund

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I watched the wedding live via ABC News. As simple as watching the wedding online, I feel that I am already a part of history. The next royal wedding would probably not happen in my life time. I am just happy that I witnessed it online.

  8. Jane Cooper

    May 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

    This is sick action, i don’t see any reason why people write so much about it even now…

  9. Khayra

    May 27, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Prince William and Kate are two of the most well-known people today. It’s no longer a surprise if people tried to follow everything that happened in their lives especially their royal wedding. It’s another big event that makes history and as far as I know, many were inspired with this modern fairytale.

  10. johngreer

    July 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    this Royal weddings is real life fairytale. People wants to be a witness of their love story and be a part of this romantic wedding of the century.

  11. Joe

    July 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    This wedding was epic. It’s amazing how social media spreads news so fast.

  12. Jaemi

    March 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I agree with Andersson. A wedding of the prince or princess supported by social media will definitely make online history.

  13. Jian

    May 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Yes,beach wedding is also good idea then make some blog page or even a website to get more traffic 😀

  14. Phil

    May 29, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I will never understand why royal weddings is so popular.. 😉

  15. Richard Thompson

    January 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I think all the royal wedding naysayers are just being a little ridiculous. Yes, it’s a broadcast of a wedding of people you don’t really know, and are not in a position of authority over you (like royal weddings of the past.) However, I think putting people down for watching it, or enjoying it is just a little odd. Let people enjoy what they enjoy, I mean it’s certainly interesting to see what online landmarks it hit with social media and the broadcast itself.

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