The Numbers Crunch: Quakes and protests on YouTube

Also, this week's most tweeted stories around the world, Palin sweeps US blogs, and Jpost readers have their say on Jerusalem.

Numbers Crunch 311 (photo credit: Mrkay Design)
Numbers Crunch 311
(photo credit: Mrkay Design)
With an estimated 30 percent of the world's population, or 2,095,006,005 people online today, and over 180 million web pages, it's impossible to see everything on the Internet, let alone keep on top of the news. Instead, Internet surfers naturally gravitate towards their own interests, using the channels that speak most to them; teens read their facebook news feeds religiously, sports fans follow news and fantasy leagues, and news junkies troll to news pages and increasingly links from social media sites.
With the world population so closely and immediately linked as we are today, the most accurate way to see what people are talking about is to look at online trends. Some issues penetrate almost every corner of the globe, while others remain local matters; The Numbers Crunch pulls data from across the Internet, to take a broad look at the web this week.
On Jerusalem, always a hot topic, the consensus was clear again; Over 60% of Jpost readers who voted said that no parts of Jerusalem should be ceded in a peace deal, with over 20% voting that such concessions will not bring peace.
When Dagan said that a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would start a regional war, it sparked a flood of fierce reactions in the Israeli media, some supportive and some slamming the former Mossad chief. Jpost readers too had mixed reactions, with most  (29%) assuming that Dagan “knows something we don't.”
From news sites to blogs, tweets to videos, the Numbers Crunch is a bi-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 If you have stats to share, email

The writer is the Internet desk manager at The Jerusalem Post