Monday, December 31, 2012

Search languages on the Web

This will be my final post for 2012, but it is a beautiful one!  Readers will know from earlier posts (such as this one) that I'm very interested in the role of language in shaping people's use of the internet in different cultures around the world.   As one of its Chrome experiments Google created the animated globe below, which displays search volume by language from all around the world.  English is represented by blue spikes, while Korean is a turquoise color, Chinese language a dark orange, etc. Take a look at the clear patterns in the Asia Pacific Region, and note the absence of search activity from north of the Korean DMZ. Or, explore your country or region of interest. Just click and hold your mouse, then drag it to rotate the globe, similar to the way Google Earth works. Enjoy!

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