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flashcrowd ‎(plural flashcrowds)

  1. The sudden increase in popularity of an Internet site or resource due to an event or link from another site.
    • 1971, Larry Niven, Flash Crowd
      The mall riot was the first successful riot in twenty years. “The police can get to a riot before it's a riot,” said McCord. “We call them flash crowds, and we watch for them.”
    • 2004 December 18, Johan Pouwelse, “The BitTorrent P2P file-sharing system”, The Register [1].
      We now focus on the system's reaction to the sudden popularity of a single (new) file. This phenomenon is also called the flashcrowd effect.