Mapping Twitter’s Colorful Languages Across the World

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By manipulating the same software that Google uses to translate websites into different languages for intelligible browsing, someone was able to reveal the wide variety of languages “spoken” on Twitter. The social network’s linguistics translates to a Technicolor satellite map of the world where English appears ghostly gray and parts of Europe are dotted in eye-popping color. Africa appears to contain the least amount of Twitter users, and several areas prove that their country’s official language isn’t the one they choose to actually Tweet with (German dominates Switzerland and there’s a healthy dose of Dutch used in Belgium, for example). What other little quirks do you spot? Check out the map in full over here. [via big think]