Internet measurement company RelevantKnowledge, Atlanta, reported traffic to news Web sites rose 43% Aug. 17-18, the days surrounding President Clinton's admission of an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky, compared to the previous week. It reported more than 3.5 million unique visitors to 11 news sites from Aug. 17-18. Sites gaining traffic during this period included Allpolitics.com, washingtonpost.com, cnn.com, nytimes.com and msnbc.com.
In related news, America Online said its users have posted 225,000 messages about President Clinton in the last 10 days, breaking its previous discussion record number of messages of 150,000 over 10 days when Princess Diana died. More than 100,000 of the President Clinton messages had been posted between Monday and Wednesday night.
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