Some popular websites knocked offline by hurricane damage to the facilities they use to host their content have still not recovered. The popular gossip site Gawker is among them. Other sites hurt by the storm, which include the Huffington Post and MarketWatch, are back to normal now.

The online content industry did a poor job of explaining why their sites went down, perhaps because each made a critical mistake. They did not appear to have a backup plan so that they had several sets of hosting locations around the country. They relied too much on the ones in the New York City region. It is too early to know how many visitors and how much advertising revenue this will cost. But it must have been more than a little.

Douglas A. McIntyre


Filed under: 24/7 Wall St. Wire, Internet, Media

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