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Michael Jackson's Death Crashes Social Networking Sites

Best of 2009 Winner: Most Shocking Tech News Story

This year's most shocking tech news story is also one of Pop's biggest headlines of 2009 — and arguably one of the most shocking news events of the decade: Michael Jackson's death. The biggest point of interest to me (and you!) was that his death crashed social networking sites like Twitter, and even other larger Internet sites. Google News was inaccessible at times as people flocked to online news sources to confirm reports of the King of Pop's death.

As a geek girl, it's interesting to me that so many people went straight to these social networks to find the news. It just means that there's going to be even more ways to get the news in 2010.

It's almost a new year — be sure to check out more of our 2009 award winners!

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