In April this year, BarentsObserver shifted its publishing platform and presented new responsive design. Our new design automatically adapts content so it always reads perfectly no matter what device you chose; desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
A doubling of traffic from mobile devices clearly shows the success of responsive design and the new trend among our readers. BarentsObserver is a news-source our users want as they are on the move; not only from their office desk. The change follows a trend seen among all online publishers, although BarentsObserver’s sharp increase in readers accessing from mobile devices is climbing faster than many others.
In November this year 11 percent of our readers accessed BarentsObserver from a mobile platform, up from 4 percent in November 2011. The sharpest increase comes from Russia with a quadrupling over the last 12 months. St. Petersburg and Murmansk are now our top cities of mobile devices readers. Norwegian readers follows with an increase of 2,5 times from mobile devices. USA follows on the third place, then Sweden and Finland.
Apple’s iPad counts for nearly half of the traffic from mobile devices to BarentsObserver, followed by the smartphones iPhone, Samsung Galaxy’s II and III series.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.