Internetworldstats.com updates its list of top ten internet languages...kind of

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Internet usage per country in 2007.

A site called internetworldstats.com keeps track of internet users by country and language and is quite useful if you ever want to try to ascertain the future of a language in a certain region. At the moment languages like Japanese and German are reaching almost full capacity in that most people that speak these languages already have access to the internet, whereas ones like French, Spanish and Chinese are still far behind, meaning that they still have quite a bit of room for growth.

Their chart on the top ten internet languages is located here and they updated it a few days ago from the stats they were using from June 2008 to more recent numbers from December.

But!

The formatting is all messed up this time so it takes a bit of work to see what the chart is supposed to mean. Here's a post of mine from before with the stats from June, which gave the following:

TOP TEN LANGUAGES
IN THE INTERNET

% of all
Internet Users

Internet Users
by Language

English

29.4 %

430,802,172

Chinese

18.9 %

276,216,713

Spanish

8.5 %

124,714,378

Japanese

6.4 %

94,000,000

French

4.7 %

68,152,447

German

4.2 %

61,213,160

Arabic

4.1 %

59,853,630

Portuguese

4.0 %

58,180,960

Korean

2.4 %

34,820,000

Italian

2.4 %

34,708,144

TOP 10 LANGUAGES

84.9 %

1,242,661,604

Rest of the Languages

15.1 %

220,970,757

WORLD TOTAL

100.0 %

1,463,632,361


(amongst other numbers)

The new chart seems to show the following for the languages:

  • English - dropped from 29.4% to 28.7% (-0.7%)
  • Chinese - rose from 18.9% to 20.4% (+1.5%)
...and the rest is messed up. Spanish apparently dropped by a few million, and the formatting is all wrong everywhere else. English and Chinese seem to have been entered correctly though, since those numbers are carrying on a trend that has been in motion for a few years now. I think English was somewhere in the high 30s back around 2006 or so when I started following the numbers.

Let me know if the chart is fixed and I'll update this post.

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