There are about 7,000 languages in the world, but only about 8% of them are used on the Internet, and Google is only available in around 120. While this may seem like an astonishingly small about, only about 5% of the world’s 7,000 languages have more than one million speakers, with around half of the languages expected to die out within 100 years.
This means the Internet is, in general, remarkably accessible in terms of language. English’s dominance of the Internet is slowly decreasing as more and more content is being written in Arabic, Japanese, and other languages. As Asia, the Middle East, and South America become more and more connected to the Internet, they contribute to expanding the languages of the world wide web with their unique languages. As connectivity increases and more of Africa also comes online, the linguistic landscape will only continue to diversify.
Learn more about the changing linguistic landscape of Twitter, Wikipedia, and other Internet content.
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