According to datacenter traffic management company Akamai, today has been one of the busiest days on the Internet, with more than 11 million visitor requests to its news network per minute, a dramatic 233% spike in daily traffic. This is thanks to the FIFA World Cup 2010, which officially begins today with matches between South Africa and Mexico, and Uruguay and France. It appears that more people are turning to the Web for their news than ever.
A wealth of information can be found online, but unfortunately, such a popular event is great fodder for malicious websites, so in addition to FIFA.com’s Matchcast which features live play-by-play, stats, and information about current matches, we’ve put together a small list of reliable resources for your World Cup 2010 needs.
- @2010fans -The South African Government’s FIFA 2010 feed.
- @championsonfox -Fox Sports World Cup feed.
- @AP_WorldCup -Associated Press World Cup feed.
- @worldcuptele -Telegraph UK World Cup feed.
- @2010OC -FIFA “organizing committee” feed.
- @FIFAWorldCupTM -Unofficial feed of FIFA World Cup events.
- ESPN3 streams 54 of the 64 the FIFA 2010 World Cup games live.
- Justin.tv features a number of live soccer channels.
- UStream Live also has a handful of FIFA Channels.
- TV Bunch has a schedule of live FIFA Streams.
- Univision has Spanish-language broadcasting rights to the games in the U.S.