Full record for flash crowd n.

Comment Coined by Larry Niven in his 1973 story "Flash Crowd"; it seems to now be used to describe the phenomenon of large numbers of web-users hitting a site in a short period of time, a la slashdotting.
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2005 C. Stross Accelerando i. 14 Just then a bandwidth load as heavy as a pregnant elephant sits down on Manfred's head and sends clumps of humongous pixilation flickering across his sensorium: Around the world, five million or so geeks are bouncing on his home site, a digital flash crowd alerted by a posting from the other side of the bar.
2006 V. Vinge Rainbow's End xx. 221 And network stats showed that a flash crowd situation was possible on top of that.