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This article was published on August 11, 2011


    A visualization of Web traffic around the London riots

    A visualization of Web traffic around the London riots
    Paul Sawers
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    Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check h Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check him out on Google+.

    GoSquared, a real-time website monitoring company based in London, has produced a visualization of how events in London unfolded over the past few days.

    During the riots, a number of websites signed up to GoSquared which were created for the sole purpose of making sense of the chaos, for example London Riots Map. James Gill, CEO of GoSquared, said:

    “Through permission from the people responsible for these sites, this gave us a very good insight into how the public were keeping track of the situation, and so the spikes in traffic we were witnessing across parts of our network were directly caused by the huge volumes of traffic on some of these sites monitoring the situation via Twitter and other sources.”

    The analysis starts on Monday, just as the chaos began to spill over from its original starting point in Tottenham: