English language only 39% of all blogs

The latest Technorati State
of the Blogosphere report
shows that 39% of all blog postings are in english.
Japanese is the second-most popular language, at 31% and China third with 12%. Here’s
Technorati’s pie graph for June ’06:  

Dave Sifry notes that there are some significant underreporting
issues
, especially in Korean and in French. For example the largest Korean blog and
hompy services (like Cyworld or Planet Weblog) are not being indexed by Technorati. I’m
also wondering why Chinese language is only 12%, when it was at 25% in Nov 05 according
to Technorati. There’s another note in a previous report that many Japanese blog posts may be coming from
mobile phones, hence their high percentage. 

In general there could be any number of holes in Technorati’s analysis, but it’s the
best stats we’ve got so far on international blogging.

The one trend I’m sure of is that english is just one part of the blogosphere – and of
web apps and sites in general. This is why I’m enjoying doing my series on
International Web 2.0 markets
, as it gives us some context on what is happening in
the real world. Silicon Valley is where the fun action is at, but there’s a whole
world happening outside of it!

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