Netizens this morning were among the first to get this year's list of nominees for the Academy Awards--assuming they could reach some of the jammed Web sites.
The online reports of the nominees--Titanic led with 14 nominations--were posted before dawn on the West Coast, just as the official announcement occurred.
It marked another example of the growing use of the Net for breaking news--in this case, a story that is of interest to people everywhere.
This morning, newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle scooped their print editions by a full day and posted the list of nominees online. "Nominations for the 70th annual Academy Awards are to be announced at 5:38 this morning and made immediately available on the Gate, the Chronicle's online service," an article in this morning's print edition of the Chronicle read.
This morning, the paper's Web site carried the Associated Press's account of the nominations. (L.A. Confidential and Good Will Hunting each got nine nominations.)
But it took longer than usual to reach some of the sites this morning, presumably because of heavy demand.
Netizens also have been turning to the Web to get real-time updates of the Olympics.