Big demand for bin Laden news crashes Newseum site

Monday, May 2, 2011 | 4:50 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON — The website for the Newseum in Washington has crashed as thousands of people look to see how newspapers around the world handled news of Osama bin Laden's death.

The website posts digital replicas of front page of hundreds of newspapers.

Paul Sparrow, senior vice president at the Newseum, says the site was processing more than 2,800 transactions per second when it crashed. Traffic started to peak at 3 a.m. Eastern time when Europeans woke to the news. It grew again at about 6 a.m.

Sparrow says newspapers offer an emotional snapshot in time while websites constantly change.

Poynter is posting digital replicas of front pages on its website.

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