Tagging in Esperanto

Fact: “Russian search leader Yandex has released their Autumn report on the current state of the blogosphere in Russia [source: Nick Wilsdon, CEO of the e3internet group]… Some of the highlights:

  • There are now 3.1m blogs in Runet [the Russian-language areas of the Internet], 2.6 times larger than this time last year…
  • The blogosphere in Russia represents 3% of the global total…
  • Now there are more Russian language blogs than French, German or Portuguese ones, but less than blogs in Spanish, Italian, Chinese, English or Japanese…
  • About 7000 new blogs appear daily in Runet.”

Analysis: I found the numbers on Russian-language blogging interesting, and not only because I still remember some of my schoolboy Russki. (I’ve forgotten nearly all my Arabic and Maltese.)

Comparing the velocity of blog-growth in Runet (the term used quasi-officially to refer to all of the Russian-language and Russian-geographic areas of the entire Internet) with the growth of all global blogs shows Russian is a mover, but not the biggest one.

Technorati has not yet published its Fall 2007 “State of the Blogosphere” report, but numbers from the April 2007 version show “about 120,000 new weblogs being created worldwide each day. That’s about 1.4 blogs created every second of every day” adding to the some 70 million total (April report is here). By blog-language, Japanese retook the lead with 37% (up from 33% in 2005) of global posts, edging out English at 36% (down from 39%).

What difference does it make if monolingual readers stay within their own linguistic neighborhoods and never read another language? Well, the sheer numbers point to the attractiveness of non-English-only, multilingual Semantic Web approaches, which might be able to link and unite individual words and concepts beyond their mother-tongue boundaries. A key might be semantic-tagging; as of February 2007, a full 35% of all posts tracked by Technorati carry user-added or machine-added tags, thus extending the potential of cross-lingual tag-rectification.

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