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Dutch ranks among top 10 most used languages on Twitter

Dutch ranks among top 10 most used languages on Twitter

Every day about 5.4 million tweets are sent in Dutch via Twitter. That is more than in Chinese, Arabic and Korean.

According to a study by Paris-based agency Semiocast, out of approximately 180 million tweets posted on a daily basis in October 2011, 5.4 million of them were posted in Dutch.

Semiocast’s analysis of a sampling of 5.6 billion public tweets, gathered from July 2010 to October 2011, revealed the top 10 languages in use on Twitter are English, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Malay, with Dutch taking the 6th and 7th spot on the list followed by Korean, Arabic and Thai.

Dutch (+230% in one year) has outgrown Korean (+72%). They are now 6th and 7th most used languages on Twitter representing in October 2011 respectively 2.7% and 1.6% of all tweets.

The messages were processed with Semiocast’s analytics tools, which can identify the language used in short messages among 61 languages in all major writing systems (including Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, Tamil, Cyrillic, Devanagari).