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1 Social Networking and the #NewRussianYouth KateAlthaus MA RUES Candidate--UNC Chapel Hill 2 hours ago

2 statistics Source: cyber.law.harvard.eduwww.BCG.comcyber.law.harvard.edu 1 in 6 Russians goes online daily Most involved social networkers in the world, with a national average of 6.6 hours a month spent on SNS

3 At 135 million users, is the largest social networking site in Russia Despite Facebooks social networking monopoly across most of the world, only about 5 million Russians are active account holders 3 rd most visited RuNet website 35 th most visited site globally with 45 million registered accounts and 10 million daily visitors, Russias 2 nd most frequented social networking site Reunion network for classmates, old friends 5 th most visited RuNet website Same design and premise as Facebook Founded September 2006

4 blogging Most frequent online activity for year olds Over 5 million blogs registered on RuNet Youtube most frequently linked Public Affairs blogs most popular by farcovering issues of news, politics, opposition, activism, and community organizations

5 At short of 700,00 users, twitter is one of Russias least frequented social media sites However, membership is growing at exponential rates similar to that of Facebook Currently most frequented by politicians, journalists, organizations, and businesses Recently, both President Medvedev and the Kremlin created Twitters in English (as well as Russian), potentially signaling a new interest in gaining approval through social media within the government

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7 significance: revolution instigator? Web users extremely polarized because of prices, access: 40% with regular internet usage …but 60% with relatively no interaction. Virtually the only media space free of sensors, regulations, rules 47% of Russians now trust the internet over any other source of media for accurate and timely information A Twitter user reported the January 24 Moscow airport bombing 20 minutes before any other media outlet torrents.ru is the worlds most popular media piracy site preference for RuNet networking sites over.coms is representative of the extremely low levels of English proficiency within Russia.

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