NEW YORK — On Inauguration Day _ one of the highest traffic days ever for the Internet _ CNN came out on top.
The CNN Digital Network was the no. 1 online destination among current events and global news sites, according to the research firm Nielsen Online. It had 11 million unique visitors on Tuesday when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president.
The MSNBC Digital Network followed with 10 million unique visitors and Yahoo! News took the No. 3 spot with 9.1 million. Rounding out the top five was the Fox News Digital Network and AOL News.
For its webcast, CNN partnered with Facebook to supply status updates from one's friends on the social networking site. CNN.com earlier said it served more than 21.3 million streams globally that day between 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. EST. _ the most in its history by far.
The Associated Press provided 8 million live video streams through its online video services. The AP launched its ad-supported Online Video Network in late 2006.
Traffic also soared on Whitehouse.gov, which debuted a redesign at the time Obama took the oath of office. It drew 1.3 million unique visitors, according to Nielsen Online.
CNN and AOL News is owned by Time Warner Inc.; MSNBC is owned by General Electric Co.; Fox News is owned by News Corp.