Fastest Growing Languages on the Net?

Last Updated Jan 18, 2008 9:35 AM EST

Chinese Keyboard image by weizhong [cc, 2.0]Which language is the rising power on our series of tubes? Behind English, Our Pacific Rim protégés in China are barreling ahead in the online world. Despite a large block of IP addresses being censored by the 'Great Firewall of China,' Chinese web users now number 166 million -- 15% of the world's internet population. But in a country of 1.3 billion, no Great Wall can hold back such a quickly rising tide.

Behind China, the sultry romance languages seem to be all the online rage. Spanish and Portuguese have the greatest potential. Spanish-speaking internet users grew by over 300% between 2000-2007.

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