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January 15, 2012

Computer search for Coptic matters has significantly increased since 2007; and peaked with

attacks and massacres on the Copts by Islamists or the Egyptian State

It is interesting to know when Copts search for Copts on the internet. This may be by using words such as “Copts”, “Coptic”, or “Coptic Church”.  What language do they use to search? Where do most people who search for Copts come from? What search volume index throughout the recent years? And what events triggered peaks of search? These are all important questions. Thankfully, Google can provide you with the trend for most commonly used words. I decided to use the word “Coptic”[i] as a surrogate for all searches related to Copts.[ii] Here are the results:

First: Search volume index:

Somehow the trend shows that since 2007 the volume search for “Copts” went up. This coincided with the deterioration in the Coptic situation. During those four years of high activity, there have been five noticeable peaks:

  1. Following the massacre of Naga Hamadi, Qina, on 7 January 2010
  2. Following the massacre of Alexandria on 1 January 2011
  3. Following the attack on Coptic protesters on 9 March 2011
  4. Following the attack on the Coptic church in Imbaba on 8 May 2011
  5. Following the Massacre at Maspero on 9 October 2011.

There is a little peak in November 2010 which coincided with the protest by the Salafists who insulted Pope Shenouda and the Copts.

This tells us that Copts use the internet to search for news about their nation. The search volume increased since 2007. Although there were peaks of search before that (one in 2004; one in 2005; and two in 2006 [which themselves coincided with periods of unrest for the Copts in Egypt]), the baseline search volume was low until 2007. Since then we see many Copts regularly search for Coptic matters. The search sharply increased at least five times since 2007 – all of them coincided with massacres or attacks by the Islamists or the Egyptian government on the Copts. The tallest peak was the one that followed the Alexandria massacre on 1 January 2011 in which 24 Copts were murdered.

Second: Top ten searching regions:

1. Egypt

2. Kuwait

3. United Arab Emirates

4. Canada

5. Australia

6. United States

7. Switzerland

8. United Kingdom

9. Netherlands

10. Italy

Most searchers are from Egypt. It is surprising that Kuwait and United Arab Emirates came second and third while Western countries came after that.

Third: Top ten searching cities:

1. Giza, Egypt

2. Cairo, Egypt

3. Alexandria, Egypt

4. Newark, NJ, USA

5. Toronto, Canada

6. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7. Ottawa, Canada

8. Sydney, Australia

9. Melbourne, Australia

10. Montreal, Canada

Fourth: Top languages used for search:

1. Arabic

2. English

3. Dutch

4. Italian

5. French

6. German

Fifth: Searching Egyptian sub-regions:

1. Qina

2. Al-Jiza

3. Cairo

4. Alexandria

Those who think that only Copts in bigger northern cities of Egypt (Cairo, Jiza and Alexandria) search for Coptic matters are mistaken – Qina, in Upper Egypt, topped the list.

To find about the sub-regional distribution in each of the ten top countries that searched for the word “Coptic”, go to “Top ten searching regions” above, and click on the country.

[i] Using “Coptic church” will include many Ethiopian searches; which although interesting to find about, my focus was Coptic trends.

[ii] I presume most searches were made by Copts.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2012 12:34 am

    Interesting but at the same time shocking that Copts is almost best known for massacres of the copts.
    This is the sign on the wall that something aint right.
    Like you would search Belgium you would get beer and chocolate.
    Search Swiss and you get gruyere cheese.
    Italians you get Pasta.

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink
      January 16, 2012 6:24 pm

      You are right, Will. It is sad to discover that association. Hope things in the future will change.

  2. mindthehat permalink
    January 16, 2012 8:03 am

    Great stats Dioscorus.

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