Did you know 50% of tweets are not in English?
In February, a research company conducted a study based on 2.8 million tweets gathered over a period of 48 hours which showed that only half of the messages on Twitter are in English.
Besides English, which accounts for some 50% of all messages on Twitter, the other most prominent languages on Twitter are Japanese (14% of messages), Portuguese (9%), Malay (6%) and Spanish (4%). Looking even further, Italian, Dutch and German each account for 1% – 2% of all messages on Twitter.
In 2009, English had a two-third share on Twitter,
which implies a strong international growth for Twitter in the last six or so
months. It’s good news for Twitter, which has lately been struggling to retain
its high growth rates from 2008, but how are they reaching out to these
markets? I don’t know, do you?