YEREVAN — Mane Yepremyan, editor of the Armenian Genocide centennial official Facebook page, presented the activity, important facts and statistics of the official website for the Genocide centennial events (ArmenianGenocide100.org) on Friday, September 25.
As Yepremyan confidently stated at ‘I Remember and Demand’ experts forum, the ArmenianGenocide100.org as well as official pages on the social media became central sources for information on the Armenian Genocide. Almost anything that had to do with the subject could be found on the website, answering the question ‘what’s genocide?’, its historical chronology, details on events worldwide and regularly updated lists of the countries and organizations that recognized the Armenian Genocide.
During this period, countless letters were received on Facebook and through email. In April, for instance, readers from all over the world submitted photographs and detailed descriptions of commemoration events held in their cities to the official website. Basically, the readers also participated in posting operative and first-hand news on the website.
As for figures, Yepremyan indicated that ArmenianGenocide100.org, as well as the Facebook page, were launched on January 29, on the day the Pan-Armenian declaration was accepted. During this period the website has had around 1.8 million views. The visitors number around 900.000. 420.000 of them visited the website on April 24, viewing around 800.000 pages. On April 24, the views numbered around 185.000 and about 74.000 people visited the website.
As expected, on April 24 ArmenianGenocide100.org became the main target for hacker attacks. In the span of just one say the website was subjected to 34.352.931 attacks. However, these attacks did not impede the website’s normal operation.
During the past seven months, around 2500 news, interviews and articles have been published on the website. In the same period, about 825 articles have been published in the website’s ‘This day 100 years ago’ section and around 500 articles in ‘Share your story’ section. Incidentally, they were sent from all over the world, not only in Armenian, but also in English, Spanish and other languages.
From April 22 to April 24 a number of events including the ‘Against the Crime of Genocide’ symposium, System of a Down Yerevan concert, Canonization ceremony of the Genocide victims, Genocide victims commemoration at Tsitsernakaberd, torchlight procession, as well as 24/04 band’s concert were broadcast live at ArmenianGenocide100.org with simultaneous translations in several languages. Besides, the live stream could be viewed not only on computers, but also on mobile devices.
Based on the number of visitors, the top five countries to visit the website were Armenia, the United States, Russia, Canada and France. As for the Genocide centennial official Facebook page, as of September 1, the posts on the page were viewed by around 6.9 million users and ‘liked’ by around 128 thousand users. Just on April 24 around 5.500 Facebook users liked the page and the posts were shown around 710.000 users.
During the entire period, around 10.500 posts were made in four languages. Besides Armenian, the majority of the posts were made in Russian, English and Spanish. It should also be indicated that the posts in different languages were distributed according to target countries. That is, they could be seen in countries where a specific group of users resided and a specific language was used. Therefore, Armenian users could only see posts in the Armenian language. However, as the official language of the page is Armenian, those living outside Armenia could also see the posts made in Armenian.
‘Against the Crime of Genocide’ international conference and ‘At the foot of Mount Ararat’ media forum were partially covered online on the Facebook page. The key messages of the participants’ speeches were operatively posted on the page. All of this was accompanied by posting photographs on Facebook, as well as on Instagram. The volunteers of the website took pictures of the ‘Against the Crime of Genocide’ conference, the Canonization ceremony and other principal events with their mobile phones and instantly posted them on social media with appropriate hashtags.
As for ArmenianGenocide100.org updates, a new section named Pan-Armenian Declaration has been added. There, the text of the documents translated into 10 languages can be found, including Polish, Persian and German. Another newly-added section is ‘Upcoming events‘ where the list of the upcoming events worldwide regarding the Genocide is regularly updated with necessary details.
‘Exhibitions‘ section was also added after the launch of the website. Here, organized materials for exhibitions can be found. Anyone can download them and organize an exhibition in their city. However, they should contact those in charge in advance.
“During this period, the library of the website has also been updated. For instance, the photo and video archive sections, where photo series and videos depicting different events held in Armenia are placed. Another example is the website’s regularly updated list of literature. To conclude, I would like to noted that for the moment new materials and updates are planned for different sections of the website,” Yepremyan. Said.