Are all these hack attacks driving web traffic back to newspaper sites?

twitter_bird_profileWith Twitter silenced by a malicious denial-of-service attack this morning, tweeters (twits?) were not only left in the dark about Sarah Palin’s whereabouts (still), but they were also unable to get their 140-character news feeds.

The New York Times couldn’t update their homepage story feeds, TVNewser couldn’t solicit viewers’ questions for a planned interview and Twitter couldn’t keep their own users informed.

These blackouts seems to be a recent trend for social media sites — Facebook and LiveJournal experienced temporary service disruptions today, Gawker was shut down on Monday and the Awl, a blog started by former Gawker staff members, tweeted last night that they were “down again.”

But do these hacks drive viewers who are used to consuming their news through headline snippets back to newspaper Web sites? Possibly.

Or maybe we’re all just staring at our screens while we wait for these new media sites to reload.

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