Google India has taken the initiative of working with various stake holders of the internet eco system in India to grow Indian Languages on the internet. Through this effort, India is expected to from the internet user base from the current 250 million to 500 million by 2017, a majority of whom will be from mobile internet users.
Every year IAMAI does a great job in releasing a report on Local Language (Indic) usage in India. Few highlights from “Local Language Report 2013” are listed below, Read more on 43% of the non-users of the Internet in India are willing to go online if content is provided in local language…
The year 2012 seems to have begun well for the Indic space – print and online media in India have been writing about Indian language space on the internet. Economic Times on Jan 24, 2012 (Republic Day) carried an article titled “Internet’s Next Growth Story to be Scripted in Vernacular Languages” (epaper, scanned version) and “Start-ups Eyeing Non-English Space ” (scanned version). The author of the article had called me few weeks ago but I wasn’t sure when this article was going to be published. Oneindia.in has been mentioned in the article as we are a major player in the Indian language space.
My column in Vijaya Next newspaper on how to enter text in Kannada language
Twitter has been gaining substantial user base from India. Just a year back this article said Twitter was yet to gain popularity in India. In March 2009 the traffic from India went up by 74%, but as the comments in that posting indicates when you start from zero the growth curve always looks impressive. The profile of Twitters from India is pretty interesting.