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from North Korea following the death of Kim Jong-il pulled the biggest
numbers online this week, according to the Pew Research Center. The
PRC’s New Media Index posited that they drew so much interest “in part because the videos contained scenes that surprised many viewers.”This past week, the top stories ranged from Muslim Brotherhood declarations on Israel amid the third round of voting
in Egyptian parliamentary elections, a rare find in Afghanistan, and
stories on the recurring most-popular topics: the Iranian nuclear threat
and the peace process with the Palestinians.JPost Top Five most-read stories:
1. Muslim Brotherhood vows not to recognize Israel 2. Scholarly world abuzz over Jewish scrolls find3. Iran fires radar-beating missile during naval drill4. ‘US, Israel discuss “triggers” for Iran attack’5. Barak: Negotiations can prevent Israeli isolationOn the forums, JPost talkbackers were interested in similar news topics –
diplomacy and security, as well as simmering tensions between the
religious and secular sectors in Israel. Interestingly, the biggest
domestic news story of the week, Israeli-Palestinian talks in Amman on Tuesday, didn’t register on either list.JPost Top Five most-active threads:1. Gingrich condemns Ron Paul for abandoning Israel2. ‘US, Israel discuss “triggers” for Iran attack’3. Israeli call to resume direct talks rebuffed by PA4. Hundreds of haredim riot in Beit Shemesh5. Security Council members line up to criticize IsraelIn
the US, meanwhile, the biggest news story of the week was undoubtedly
the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses on Tuesday, in which former
Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won by a mere eight votes over former US senator Rick Santorum. To wrap up this week, some stats from the race, thanks to Pew Research.• Romney received the support of only 1% of “true conservatives” – Ron Paul got 37% and Santorum 36%.• Santorum
won a third of the votes from those who decided whom to vote for on the
day of the caucuses, or in the three days leading up to them.• For 13% of voters, abortion rated as the most important issue.• 42% saw the economy as key.• Independents made up 23% of GOP caucus voters, compared to 13% in 2008.• Some 60% of voters were white Evangelicals.From
news sites to blogs, tweets to videos, The Numbers Crunch is a weekly
column which zooms out and brings you the big picture online, from
Israel, the Middle East and around the world, and poll results from
JPost.com.The writer is the Internet desk manager at The Jerusalem Post.
showing North Koreans crying and mourning seemed out of line with the
oppressive dictator’s 17-year rule. This video, for example, garnered a
whopping 7.5 million views:
Still on YouTube, it’s not too late for one more 2011 review: the video-sharing site’s most-viewed video in Israel. According to YouTube Trends, The Ein Prat Fountainheads took the top spot with this Rosh Hashana musical parody, which was viewed over 1.8 million times.
included in the YouTube wrap was this video showing the Czech president
stealing a pen, which drew over three million views, making it the most
viewed clip in that country in 2011.
if you’re still in the review spirit from the end of 2011, check out
the video-sharing site’s interactive “Rewind” project, which lays out
the most-viewed videos of the year and the fastest rising search terms
from across the world.
JPost.com, readers were scattered after New Year’s celebrations, if the
most-read stories on the site were anything to go by. Indeed, traffic
on the site was down 13 percent compared to the previous month,
suggesting that readers were on holidays or out partying rather than
checking the news. Interestingly, peak times on the site correlate
roughly with office hours in each location, which seems to indicate that
readers are getting their news most from work. It makes sense, then,
that holiday time means less news.