MSNBC released some internet information today. Since it wasn’t really broken down into nice chewable stats, I’ll just post parts of the release…
In the week following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, MSNBC.com harnessed the power of the Internet to deliver one of a kind coverage of this devastating event. While traffic and video numbers catapulted to record highs, it was the small numbers that counted as technology reconnected families, told stories and aided in the relief effort.
In the disarray following Katrina, families, friends and neighbors lost contact. Working in conjunction with their sibling, the MSNBC cable network, MSNBC.com launched “looking for” and “safe” lists to help people reconnect. Since launching on September 1, the volume of entries on these lists is staggering. To date, the lists have nearly 120,000 entries — more than the Red Cross itself ? and 5 million pageviews. These pages offer a forum for survivors to tell their loved ones they’re safe, those looking for loved ones to leave contact information and discussion boards for topics ranging from shelter information and the relief effort to people across the country offering refuge in their homes and jobs in their communities. http://safe.msnbc.com
With stunning visuals of this disaster, MSNBC.com’s multimedia storytelling produced record high numbers over the past week. Videos and slideshows saw record traffic as evidenced by nearly 50 million videos played. This is more than three times the number of videos that were played the week of September 11, 2001, previously the largest video week ever on the site. The amount of time spent watching was significantly greater, with viewers dedicating almost ? hour on average. Traffic to photo slideshows soared to 165 million page views. Overall traffic to the site doubled, averaging nearly 300 million page views and 9 million unique users per day.