World Cup Bests Obama Election as Most Active Internet Event Ever

Move over, Mr. President, for the world is here, with its cup, and the whole hot mess is setting crazy new Internet traffic records thanks in part to the massive video streaming efforts covering the games in South Africa.

The previous record, held by the U.S. Presidential Election in 2008, was a paltry 8.5 million visitors per minute. The new World Cup record was set at about 12 p.m. EST Friday with 12.1 million visitors per minute. That's quite a jump!

And, as CNET notes, traffic is still quite high, with an average of 5.7 million visitors per minute, worldwide, as of Saturday afternoon. [ZDNet via CNET]