When I wrote about the Oprah effect on the Internet, I wasn't kidding. Just a mention of her took my traffic into another orbit.
Which gets me to thinking about the Justin Timberlake, Leonardo diCaprio and Pamela Anderson relationships to media change. Very fertile ground for important and regular discussions.
Living in Vancouver grants access to some very interesting people, and someone you see in contemplation at the coffee house regularly is Eckhart Tolle, the live-in-the-moment spiritual leader.
His most visible fan is television's richest woman, Oprah Winfrey, who selected his latest book, A New Earth, as her Oprah Book Club selection in February. She has co-developed a teaching program with Tolle at her site, and all was set for the Monday launch.
But ancient teachings met 21st century technological ceilings.
As Information Week magazine points out, Oprah has had to apologize for the crashed server. Most media would love her problem.
But it is reminiscent of what other old media have found with new media. You have to be mindful of how much traffic you send somewhere. Difficulties ensue when too many people live in the moment.