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Watching the Michael Jackson Funeral Live

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10:30 a.m.: The Michael Jackson funeral has begun. Watching Live feed with Facebook integration. Facebook reports 6,000 status updates/minute, on a more global scale than what they saw with live Obama Inauguration coverage. CNN doesn’t have audio from the Staples Center, switching to MSNBC.

10:35: MSNBC has Twitter integration — automatically tags posts “#MJ #MSNBC.” Updates are coming in too fast to read. Chris reports seeing a pre-roll on MSNBC as well as Hulu.

10:39: Checked back with CNN, it’s way behind the other feeds. Also the “friends” filter isn’t that effective for me since many of mine are not watching. There should be some sort of semantic filter to bring in friend updates that are actually relevant.

10:43: Here’s a screenshot of my overloaded desktop where you can get an idea of how the different feeds look:

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10:45: Man, CNN is not handling all the traffic it’s getting. Keeps stopping up.


10:53: Fox News player looks more pixelated out than others, though seems like it’s because they’re using a larger player size. Hulu’s version of the same feed looks better.

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10:57: Finally got Ustream’s version of CBS News’ feed to load after it had timed out a bunch of times. Now it’s way behind — still on Lionel Richie while we’re well into Berry Gordy. But I really like the Twitter integration Social Stream. Automatically fills in “Hey @ CBSNews” on the Ustream page and shows a feed of all @CBSNews messages.

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11:04: MTV has a nice, on-time stream but it’s on its own show page, while Facebook integration is on the home page. It’s awkward to split up the conversation like that. Man, MJ had a lot of hits — they’re showing a music video montage.

11:11: While Stevie Wonder plays, Akamai reports more than 2 million live streams across its network. (It handles some 20 percent of the world’s web traffic.)

11:18: USA Today powered by Livestream takes quite awhile to load up, but after that there doesn’t seem to be any lag in the stream. Reports more than 23,500 concurrent watchers. However, comments have been disabled “to help maintain the quality of the video stream.”

11:24: Maybe it’s just because I’ve been watching it since before the service started, but ABC News seems to have the most timely stream, with others lagging behind to varying degrees.

11:38: The New York Times purports to have a live video feed on its home page, but I can’t bring it in. However, it’s running on the ArtsBeat blog.

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11:46: Wow, MySpace’s video is just glossy beauty. Really nice big picture.

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11:50:’s E! Online feed is running a tasteless overlay ad, but interesting that many of the comments are in non-English languages.

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11:58: BBC World News on Livestation actually has a news scroll going at the bottom of the picture. There are other things going on in the world right now?!? Who knew…

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12:05: Akamai’s live counting of live streamers around the world seems to be holding steady at just under 2 million.

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12:10: Chris says: The InMusic feed keeps disconnecting and we’re getting a low bit-rate. (The site promises HD viewing, but we’re getting a lot less than that.) This particular video stream is powered by Silverlight.


12:18: This is Chris, I’ve had the MSNBC feed on for most of the morning and it’s been a workhorse. Not the prettiest video quality, and the audio has had the occasional blip, but it hasn’t gone down and has been a solid performer.


12:28: Liz again, with stats from Facebook:

CNN is once again utilizing Facebook Connect and the Live Stream Box so that Internet users across the globe can watch the Michael Jackson memorial service live while simultaneously updating their Facebook status and following their Friends on Facebook – and other Jackson fans around the world – without leaving the; Live video player. As of 10:30 a.m. PDT, these are the numbers we are seeing just from;

• 500,000 status updates

• 300,000 users logged in

• Approx 6,000 status updates per minute

Here is some additional information:

• Two weeks after the self-service availability of the Facebook Live Stream Box, we’re seeing it implemented on the home page of E! Online, MTV, ABC News to broadcast the Michael Jackson memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca.

• The Michael Jackson page ( has grown to have nearly 7 million fans, possibly making it the largest single following of any public figure on the Web and 1 million more than President Obama’s page on Facebook

• The free Michael Jackson glove virtual gift is the most popular in Facebook history with over 800,000 given away

• The Michael Jackson memorial GroupCard received signatures from Facebook users around the world

21 Responses to “Watching the Michael Jackson Funeral Live”

  1. Michael Jackson earnings already at $200 million for 2009 and new albums in the works. Funds might also come from sale of dozens of memorabilia and merchandise ventures along with a new film which just got approved. Let’s see how much does the auction of glove and official Opus costs. Michael Jackson’s most ardent fans would be excited to know all this. I like Michael Jackson a lot, so, started collecting all the information related to him (more than 200 sites). If you are interested check out the below article

  2. im getting ready for the talent show man i wish that michel jackson was not died bt he was loved and i will ms him but if some one wants to come im a great singer but never mind i wish tha he did not die we will all ms him

  3. A man with amazing talent-put on this earth to make a difference, and he did. No one will ever match or come close to his ability to make the world stop and listen to his music-like he did. RIP MIKE

  4. manny patino


  5. i love michal jackson he made my life so diffrent and i wish he never died. i want him back but one thing he gave us was love and i’ll never for get him in my life that’s why im going to do a school talent show in canton ga at freedom middle school im going to sing
    blame it on the boogi and ben and they dont care abut us. but im glad that he gave us love and happiness. thank you