Now that Google is getting into the music downloading business in China, 2008 promises to be a very interesting year in the battle between Google China and the leading Chinese search engine Baidu.
Google today unveiled a “Year of the Rat” logo on its home page:
And, wouldn’t you know it, so did Baidu:
PS: Here is Yahoo! China…
According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China is poised to overtake the US in Web users very, very shortly. Here is a news article.
CNNIC says that China now has 210 million Web users, an increase of more than 73 million over the past year. These are staggering growth figures and it’s safe to project that China will overtake the US, which is hovering around 215 million Web users, sometime late next month.
When it does, I’m sure the CNNIC will be the first to announce it.
Now the race is on for companies to localize their Web sites for these 210 million Web users, like Starwood, which is ahead of many of its competitors.
What more can you say? When it comes to potential Web users, China has a lot more headroom than the US. What we’re seeing transpire was inevitable, though the timing is much faster than many of us (me included) would have predicted.
And India could one day surpass China’s numbers.
PS: I visited the CNNIC Web site to read the press release, but they hadn’t translated any English-language content since last year. So I went to the source, the Chinese-language site, and used Google Translate to read their press release. Check it out for yourself — and I must say that the quality of Google’s machine translations since it started using its own statistical machine translation software has improved considerably.
France became a member of the million domain club with its one-millionth .fr registration on January 11th.
Here are the top six country codes based on registrations:
- Germany: 11,120,000
- China: 6,035,000
- United Kingdom: 6,010,000
- Netherlands: 2,545,000
- Italy: 1,426,000
- United States: 1,300,000
According to my calculations, France would be ranked either 10th or 11th overall, depending on where Switzerland and Australia stand currently. These numbers are changing very quickly, with China on a fast pace to take over the number one spot and Russia and India making good progress as well.For more information on country codes (specifically ccTLDs) check out our new Country Codes of the World map.