"A Day in the Life of NYTimes.com" [bits.blogs.nytimes.com] includes two videos (also shown below) that show the traffic to NYTimes.com on June 25, 2009, the day Michael Jackson died. While on video focuses on US-only traffic, the other has a worldwide view. The animated maps also include a subtle visual hint of night time by revealing the city illumination at night.The 24-hour period of web log data is compressed into a little over a minute and a half.
The data used to create these maps come from roughly 15 Web servers. Some of the mobile bursts on the maps are a result of compressing the data.