Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Oprah Crashes Her Own Web Site

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Add Oprah to the list of celebrities who don’t read the Business Technology Blog. If she did, the TV star would have known to check with her tech department before posting an online video that crashed her Web site.

On Monday night, Oprah and Eckhart Tolle, author of “A New Earth,” hit cyberspace in a heavily promoted event intended to help fans transcend their egos and reach new states of spiritual happiness. Cyberspace hit back: More than 500,000 people tried to watch the Webcast, overwhelming the equipment that runs Oprah’s site. Viewers’ screens froze; some saw a message explaining the site was experiencing technical difficulties.
Oprah’s production company put out a press release calling the Webcast “one of the largest single online events in the history of the Internet” and apologizing for not being prepared.
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