Is Chinese the dominant language of the internet? (infographic)

Pretty interesting graphic for the exploding Chinese internet.

Graphic from The Next Web via ffemio on tumblr.

 

Interestingly enough, roughly half of the Chinese internet still uses IE 6, probably because of 'borrowed' software.  Try designing for that browser sometime, it's old school.

 

If they counted by number of words, I can promise that Chinese wins.  Have you seen China MSN?  Look at all that text, ai yo.

 

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Comment by Gillian Law on May 26, 2011 at 6:31pm
Ah, that's really interesting. Funny how differently we can view things.

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Comment by Brandon on May 26, 2011 at 3:02pm

yeah the perspective on web design is very different - i remember reviewing a page once with a chinese colleague that i thought looked great, nice & clean with sharp images.

their instant response though was that big images = advertising and they didn't like the page as a result.  which i guess makes some sense based on some of the text heavy pages - most of the images there are banner ads.

Comment by Gillian Law on May 25, 2011 at 10:39pm
Oh man, the heavy text, thing! I've really noticed that, especially as a, um, rather poor reader of characters, Chinese sites are just so daunting. I need pretty pictures to help me work out what the flip is going on....

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