Globe’s Kennedy series drives Web traffic

The Boston Globe’s Web site, Boston.com, received more than 8 million page views yesterday by 5 p.m., according to Zachary Seward of the Nieman Journalism Lab — a surge driven by the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

And though Seward doesn’t have specific numbers, he notes that Boston.com was (and still is) giving prominent play to its multimedia series on Kennedy’s life that was published last February. As I wrote then, the package was likely to serve as an important resource for some time to come, especially giving that Kennedy was nearing the end of his life.

Interestingly enough, Seward learns that the text had been taken down for a while at the request of Simon & Schuster, which published a book based on the series, and was only recently restored.

6 thoughts on “Globe’s Kennedy series drives Web traffic

  1. jim

    One interesting observation regarding Boston.com. I have not checked out every single Kennedy story, but they are not allowing reader’s comments on any of the Kennedy stories I have looked at. Non-Kennedy stories are allowing comments as usual.

  2. Neil

    “As I wrote then, the package was likely to serve as an important resource for some time to come, especially giving that Kennedy was nearing the end of his life.”

    Have you ever broken an arm patting yourself on the back?

  3. George Williams

    Following up Jim’s comment on no user comments: even Howie Carr shut down his Chump Line yesterday since he, like El Globo, knew what to expect from the great unwashed public.

  4. Neil

    That “patting yourself on the back” crack was from a different Neil by the way. I try to be more creative with my insults.

    Too bad WordPress can’t see the old blogger avatars.

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