According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, “YouTube is becoming a major platform for viewing news.”
By far, the incident that sparked the most interest was the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Pew looked at the most popular videos in the “news & politics” section of YouTube over those 15 months and found that 5 percent of the 260 videos related to the Japanese disaster.
Given that 70 percent of YouTube traffic comes from outside the U.S., it’s not surprising that the top three news videos were related to non-U.S. events. After the earthquake/tsunami, the Russian elections and the unrest in the Middle East topped news-related video views, Pew said.
Natural disasters and political upheavals were the most popular news video topics. People did not figure prominently; “No one individual was featured in even 5 percent of the most popular videos studied here-and fully 65 percent did not feature any individual at all,” Pew found. President Obama, however, was featured in 4 percent of the top videos worldwide, in posts that ranged from speeches to campaign ads from opponents.
As Pew noted, the growth of news videos on YouTube has been a help and a hindrance to traditional news outlets…
Keep reading: PC Mag – YouTube Becoming ‘Major Platform’ for News
Continue reading YouTube a major platform for news – says new Pew report
In the last data update, I revealed that social network usage is rising, especially in Russia and Egypt. A good sign for the citizens of those disrupted countries.
Now, we have data on cell phone use and it clearly shows the rise of smart phones in both developed and undeveloped countries.
Japan has the highest smart phone adoption of any country, but it is the near universal adoption of text messaging in Indonesia (96%) that blew me away.
Sending Text Messages
Only 2/3 of Americans use their cell phones to send text messages.
Globally, there are 15 countries with a higher percentage who send text messages on their cell phones
- 90% or more – Indonesia
- 80% or more – Kenya, Lebanon, Poland, Mexico, Japan, & China.
- 70% or more – Britain, Lithuania, France, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Ukraine, & Spain.
Taking Pictures or Video
When it comes to using our cell phones for pictures or video, at least the U.S. is in the top 5.
- Japan – 72%
- Mexico – 61%
- Spain – 59%
- Egypt – 58%
- United States, Israel – 57%
The mobile internet
In no country do a majority of people use cell phones to regularly access the internet.
- Israel – 47%
- Japan – 47%
- United States – 43%
- Britain – 38%
- China 37%
*Data is from a Pew Global Poll completed by surveying 1,000 people in each country via the telephone or face-to-face from March-April, 2011.
From the Pew Global Attitudes Project:
In 15 of 21 countries, at least 25% of those polled use social networking sites.
Israel (53%) and the U.S. (50%) top the list.
About four-in-ten of all adults in Britain (43%), Russia (43%), Spain (42%), Lithuania (39%) and Poland (39%). Among this group, Russia is the only country where nearly all internet users are on social networking sites. Only 6% of Russian internet users say they do not go on these sites.
Germany, France, and Japan are the only countries polled where more internet users say they do not go on social networking sites than say they do. While 35% of Germans use social networking sites, 44% go online but do not use such sites; the comparable numbers are 35% and 38% in France and 25% and 33% in Japan.
About three-in-ten are on social networking sites in Ukraine (30%), Turkey (29%), Jordan (29%), and Egypt (28%).
Social networking is generally more common in higher income nations; however, this is largely driven by the fact that wealthier countries have higher rates of internet access. People in lower income nations who have online access use social networking at rates that are as high, or higher, than those found in affluent countries.
In most of the countries surveyed, there has been only marginal change in social networking use since 2010. Two notable exceptions are Egypt and Russia – countries where the role of social media in recent political upheaval has been the subject of considerable attention. In both nations, usage has increased by ten percentage points over the past year, from 18% in 2010 to 28% in 2011 in Egypt and from 33% to 43% in Russia.
Continue reading Around the world social network usage is rising, especially in Egypt and Russia