There’s good reason why the Internet is called, the “world wide web”. It certainly is that. Yes, I know, the Internet, and the world wide web, are not necessarily one and the same. But that’s a purely technical difference, rather than a true functional difference.
English is the primary language used on the Internet, but it may surprise you that it holds this position by only a small margin, as the following graphic indicates. It’s inevitable, that as a percentage, English will lose this prime position.
I read scores of Blogs, visit numerous tech web sites, and general purpose sites every day (well, every evening), and it never fails to amaze me, how North American centric (including spelling), these sites tend to be.
There’s a disconnect between the reality of who actually makes up the Internet market place (by geographical location and language), and the North American centric focus of many web sites. If you were guided by these sites, you’d be forgiven if you believed that most Internet users were North American, and spoke English
But the following graphic, courtesy of Internet World Stats, certainly proves otherwise.
To assist those whose primary language is not English, a number of free translation service are readily available to translate Internet content to their mother tongue.
These translation services include Google Translate, (which can translate to and from, 57 languages), Microsoft Bing Translator, (slightly fewer languages), Yahoo’s Babelfish, and Babylon, which, according to the site has more than 800 language pairs to choose from.
The following screen captures show Tech Thoughts translated into Hebrew, French, and Polish by recent site visitors, using a free translation service.
If you’re wondering how it is I know that these specific articles were translated, by readers, to these particular languages; the answer is simple – Statcounter.
Statcounter is a free website tool with a range of tools including –
Configurable Summary Stats
Entry and Exit Pages
Visitor Paths, Visit Length and Returning Visits
Recent Page load Activity and Recent Visitor Activity
Recent Visitor Google Map
ISP Stats, Browser Stats and O.S. Stats
If you’re a Chrome user, then you already know that Chrome incorporates translation in the browser itself, without requiring additional plugins or extensions.
Note to fellow bloggers: If you want to increase readership, recognize the reality, write for the “world”, and be cautious of being North American centric.
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