THE Internet has changed the world and the lives of billions of people. It has linked people no matter the distance, brought information to one’s fingertips in a blink, enabled people to transact business online.
The Net has also made the delivery of news faster. One need not reach out for a newspaper to find out what’s happening. Thanks to technology, anyone wired to the Internet can browse online newspapers and get the news in real time.
The latest figure from internetlivestats.com showed that there are 3,424,971,688 Internet users worldwide, roughly 46.7 percent of the global population. A big number of these users are hooked on social media, which allow them to catch up with friends, share snippets of their lives and the latest trends, shop, study, or just be entertained.
And most of these Internet users also turn to online newspapers to catch the news.
The Manila Times has been providing the news online since the early 1990s. The Manila Times Online started as a static web page and became a dynamic website in 2005. It underwent several changes before it was fully utilized in the last quarter of 2013.
Majority of The Times’ online readers are the youth – those aged 25 to 34. People in their late teens and early adulthood, aged 18 to 24 and those aged 35 to 44 are the second and third biggest group who follow the Times, followed by those aged 45 to 54.
Three percent of those who read The Times online are people aged 55 to 64. The youngest readers, 13 to 17 years old, and our oldest readers, those aged 65 and above, are at two percent, respectively.
Majority or 269,118 of The Times’ growing online community is based in the Philippines, and most of them are in Quezon City (34,372).
The rest are in Manila (19,618); Makati (14,317); Cebu City (10,128); Davao City (8,968); Pasig (4,776); Taguig (4,427); Caloocan (4, 411); Iloilo City (4,186); Parañaque (4,112); Las Piñas (3,440); Dasmariñas (3,407); Pasay City (2,962); Valenzuela (2,879); Zamboanga City (2,656); Mandaluyong (2,515); Baguio City (2,506); Bacolod City (2,477); Cagayan de Oro (2,333); Bacoor (2, 276); Antipolo (2,241); General Santos City (1,837); Batangas City (1,781); Imus (1,624); Tacloban City (1,601); Angeles City (1,506); Marikina City (1,449); Tondo (1,430); Calamba (1,427); Cagayan de Oro City (1,423); Iligan City (1,388); Naga City (1,345); Tagbilaran City (1,335); Legazpi (1,323); Tuguegarao City (1,318); Olongapo City (1,310); San Pedro (1,308).
Abroad, the biggest chunk of readers is in Saudi Arabia and the second biggest is in the United States.
The Times Online is also followed by thousands of readers from the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Canada, India, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Italy, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bahrain, South Korea, Cambodia, Oman, Nigeria, Vietnam, Israel, Brunei, Brazil, Germany, Lebanon, Egypt, Spain, New Zealand, Macau, France, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, China, Turkey, Mexico, Ghana, and Kenya.
Stories about the national elections held in May this year drew much traffic. The most viewed pieces were those in the News and Opinion sections.
The number of readers dramatically rose in May, obviously because people wanted to know how their candidates were doing. For the month of May, The Manila Times Online had an average readership of 4,292,574.
The most read column so far was Rigoberto Tiglao’s “The Supreme Court Ruling: ‘Putang ina mo’ doesn’t mean ‘your mother’s a whore’” which drew more than 127,000 readers within 24 hours of posting.
The most read story was about Senator Leila de Lima titled “Love affair led to corruption” which had 220,291 hits in a day.
What to look forward to
The Manila Times Online is a growing force in the virtual world. It is constantly expanding to keep up with the times.
A few months back, The Manila Times launched its digital edition. The digital edition is a copy of the printed version saved on PDF format and uploaded online.
To access it, simply go to digital.manilatimes.net, fill up the registration form then voila, start reading. And the best thing about it is it’s free.
Readers will have an easier time reading stories with the soon to be launched The Manila Times app. It will be available on both the IOS and Android platform.
Get the news in a snap! Keep up with the times by reading The Manila Times Online.