Twitter is definitely not just for the English-speaking – even though it seems like it sometimes.
It’s intriguing that a social network can almost departmentalise itself; given that one eighth of Twitter speaks Japanese primarily (over half that that speak English) there’s very little cross-communication.
A further 12% (around a third of the English speaking Twitter pop) are Spanish-speaking – including a big part of the US’ Twitter population that isn’t English speaking.
Between English (34%), Japanese (16%) and Spanish (12%), just two thirds of the Twitter population is accounted for – countless other communities exist among fold, speaking a dozen different languages.
The information is displayed in a comfortingly confident and clear way – clear progression over time for each language, and identifiable trends and themes.
Like, for example, the surprising and consistent presence of Malay – for years it’s been a big presence, even back in 2010, where it was disproportionately popular (a similar situation with Portugese).
So, truly a world-beater.
Found on: Reddit (/r/dataisbeautiful)
Designed by: Walter Baumann (Technology Review)
Commissioned by: Walter Baumann (Technology Review)
Researched by: Semiocast