The blogosphere: multilingual and deeply international
David Sifry writes part 2 about the state of the Blogosphere "On Language and Tagging". Technorati have started tracking the primary language of each blog that they track and getting some idea where the wordwide growth of blogging is happening and what were the trends. Here's his summary of what they found.
* The blogosphere is multilingual, and deeply international.
* English, while being the language of the majority of early bloggers, has fallen to less than a third of all blog posts in April 2006.
* Japanese and Chinese language blogging has grown significantly.
* Chinese language blogging, while continuing to grow on an absolute basis, has begun to decline as an overall percentage of the posts that Technorati tracks over the last 6 months
* Japanese, Chinese, English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, French, Portuguese, Dutch, and German are the languages with the greatest number of posts tracked by Technorati.
* The Korean language is underrepresented in this analysis
* Language breakdown does not necessarily imply a particular country or regional breakdown.
* Technorati now tracks more than 100 Million author-created tags and categories on blog posts.
* The rel-tag microformat has been adopted by a number of the large tool makers, making it easy for people to tag their posts. About 47% of all blog posts have non-default tags or categories associated with them.