SEC Web site bogs down on Google IPO filing interest

SEC Web site bogs down on Google IPO filing interest

Google Inc.'s filing of its initial public offering plans created so much traffic to the Securities and Exchange Commission's Web site yesterday that it may have significantly slowed down the performance of the agency's home page.

Traffic to the site was up 900 percent, according to Keynote Systems Inc., a San Mateo, Calif., firm that measures Web site speed and performance. In measurements taken from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, it took as long as 45 seconds to download the SEC home page from the 10 most populous U.S. geographic areas, including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., compared with the site's typical download time of four seconds.

During that hour, the success rate for downloading the SEC home page dropped to as low as 20 percent compared with a normal rate of 100 percent.

Google hopes to raise about $2.7 billion in the IPO, which will take place sometime in the next few months. The filing can be found on SEC's Edgar site. The traffic deluge was a measure of anticipation for the Internet company's sale of securities, the largest since the Internet boom began to melt down in 2000.

'Government sites are very good about success rates, so this is definitely somewhat of an anomaly. Clearly, there is great interest in something newsworthy on the site'most likely Google's IPO filing,' said Roopak Patel, senior Internet analyst for Keynote.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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