Israeli PM Leads in Facebook Popularity (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 04/09/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become the leading Israeli
politician on Facebook, surpassing more than 200,000 “likes.”
A poll, conducted by the company Spythenet, determined that the
majority, if not all, of Netanyahu’s statuses have received thousands
of “likes” and comments, as well as hundreds of shares, while other
Israeli politicians lag far behind.
All of the Prime Minister’s statuses are translated into English,
which may be a product of his American education, or his
understanding of the far-reaching implications of social networking
The Prime Minister’s most popular status, to date, has been about the
birthday of his father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, which received
6,713 “likes,” elicited 1241 comments and 332 shares. In addition, 1
out of every 10.9 of the Prime Minister’s friends “likes,” comments,
or shares his postings.
Furthermore, The Marker website found that Netanyahu’s other pages,
hosted by the Likud, are all widely accessed and extremely popular.
The surge in the Prime Minister’s Facebook popularity is also
particularly important due to the effect of social networking sites
on the way in which people receive and relay information, which
increasingly dominates popular opinion and even political policy.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/09/12)
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