Here is a remarkable fact: Ammoun News, a news site that is almost exclusively read in Jordan (or by Jordanians) has shot up to attain the rank of 3800 worldwide over the past few days. This means that this site has been probably been getting tens of thousands of visitors a day recently.
In the days leading to the parliamentary elections, I’ve become addicted to Ammoun News. I call it the “Jordanian journalist’s cafe” as it not only publishes news as it happens, but also exposes all the rivalries and chatter of the journalistic scene in Jordan. Just read the comments. A true reflection of what most of time is only whispered in the country: geographic rivalries, affiliations to political cliques, personal agendas and so on.
Ammoun News has been extremely active in covering the election race. In the past 48 hours it has been thriving on publishing all the chatter surrounding the formation of the Dahabi government. It publishes in real time. It is way faster that the traditional newspapers’ web sites. Look at the comparison graph below and you’ll see that Ammoun is poised to take over Addustour’s web site any minute now, in terms of reach and ranking. It was the first with election results and also the best place to check on the final results of all candidates (although it republished them from Addustour).
Ammoun News is also highly interactive. Some of its election articles where getting hundreds of comments, making the whole site even more valuable to political and media junkies.
So: two conclusions here. 1. Constant, up to the minute updating is the way to go for any news site (obviously). The traditional newspapers sometimes attempt this, but aren’t doing it well enough. 2. The Jordanian internet user base has grown to degree that it can propel a Jordanian site to the upper ranks of the net. This is very good news for those of us in the online business.
Would like to write more, but sorry, got to check out the latest gossip on Ammoun about the new ministers who are having a retreat in Aqaba!