Chile finished off 2008 with 1.4 million Internet connections: one out of every three homes had Internet access. This partly explains how phenomena such as the social network Facebook, which reported the fastest growth in Chile compared to anywhere else in the world, went from 100,000 to over 4.3 million users in the 12 months leading up to March 2009.
Perhaps like nowhere else in the world, Chile has practically all of its printed written press (both daily and periodical) freely available to the world on the Internet, especially in the digital paper format, which is an exact replica of conventional formats on the computer screen.
Traditional media have modern web portals with online information that is updated on an ongoing basis. The El Mercurio group has its showcase Emol, while Copesa has called its platform Mediacenter. Leading radio and television companies have replicated these models.
There are media without conventional support and digital newspapers featuring articles by “citizen reporters”. The former include independent El Mostrador, Terra, Cambio 21 and Ciper Chile (associated to Copesa) since the year 2000, while the second group includes a network that runs from northern city Arica (El Morrocotudo) to the southern city of Puerto Montt (El Repuertero).
Dissemination of blogs is also widespread, including social communication systems such as Bligoo or Fayerwayer, one of the most widely-read technology blogs in Latin America. The local blogosphere includes users that write about architecture, politics, design, journalism, culture, tourism and electronics, among others.
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