Middle East

Arabic fastest growing language on Twitter: study

Graph by Semicast illustrates that Arabic is the 8th most used language on Twitter.

BEIRUT: Arabic is the fastest growing language on Twitter as of October 2011 and is now the eighth most used language on the popular social networking website, a study showed Thursday.

The Paris-based Semiocast released an analysis on the language shares on Twitter, surveying 5.6 billion public messages gathered between July 1, 2010 and Oct. 31, 2011.

"More than 2 million public messages were posted ever day on Twitter in Arabic, from about 30,000 in July 2010 [out of 5.6 billion tweets]," the study said.

It added that the rate of Arabic messages had grown tremendously posting a 2,146 percent increase in the last 12 months.

“Arabic is now the eighth most used language on Twitter, and Arabic messages represent 1.2 percent of all public tweets [which account to 2.2 million per day],” the study said.

The analysis also said that Twitter had grown exceptionally fast in the Middle East with the recent events in the region.





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