June 25, 2009: Michael Jackson Passes, Social Media Goes Down
2009 – Pop star Michael Jackson is rushed to the hospital. He first was in a coma, but then it was reported he passed away. This brought several social network sites down from the flood of reminiscence and questions. Google search had problems, too, as people would search on the pop star. Wikipedia was stressed due to continual edits to his Wiki page. A major change was made to MediaWiki after that incident to lock down certain pages when major events occur.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for June 25
- Paul Allen places an offer of $30 thousand for 86-DOS
- Geocities was hacked
- AOL hits 30 million users