Who says monarchy is dead? Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding has been tearing up the Internet, breaking all sorts of page view and unique visitor records. Though more than 2 billion people were projected to have watched the wedding on TV (we won't know for sure until Friday), hoards of global wedding watchers took to the web via Facebook, Twitter, Livestream and Flickr to get in on the action. Here are some of the ways to measure the world's infatuation:
Page Views Per Minute: peaked at 5.3 million at about 8:30 a.m. ET today, according to the Internet traffic monitor Akamai. "That makes the wedding the sixth biggest event in Internet history," writes CNN's John Sutter.
Social Networks: 32,000 people are following NBC's @royalwedding Twitter account and 7,000 people have signed up to attend the Today Show's wedding coverage on its Facebook page, notes Jennifer Preston at The New York Times. The British Monarchy's Royal Wedding Facebook page has 434,454 likes. Over 1.75 million comments mentioning "royal wedding" were made on Facebook in the last month.
Trending Topics: At 6 a.m. Mashable's Lauren Indvik hit up Google, Twitter and Facebook's trending topics displays and found the royal wedding dominating each one:
Livestreaming: At 6 a.m. ET, 300,000 viewers were watching the wedding hosted by Livestream in partnership with the Associated Press, the UK Press Association, CBS and Entertainment Tonight. Livestream's CEO says he expects "at least 2 million" unique viewers by the end of the day.
YouTube: 5,000 videos tagged with "royal wedding" were uploaded to YouTube this week.
Yahoo Searches: This week Yahoo has seen a 1,199% jump in searches for "What is Prince Williams Last Name?"
BBC: It's website has crashed, notes our colleague Nick Jackson. "After starting to broadcast live with dedicated coverage very early, the BBC's website crashed around 11:13 a.m. BST when traffic to the site grew to a point where it was just too much for the servers to handle," he writes.