Latins prefer Microsoft to Google
Talk about spicy
It seems that Google magic doesn't work quite as well in the rest of the world. At least, not yet. Earlier this month, internet research firm comScore released a new study that put Google a few steps behind the competition in Asia-Pacific, and now it says that Larry, Serg, and the gang are also trailing in Latin America.
According to the firm's first-ever study of Latin American internet usage, Google tops arch-rival Yahoo! but still plays second fiddle to mega-arch-rival Microsoft. In June, the study says, Microsoft sites received over 47m unique visitors, while Google's traffic topped out at close to 46.5m. Yahoo!? Well behind at 35m! All this means that Microsoft reaches about 88 per cent of Latin America's mostly-Spanish-speaking internet population, Google 87 per cent, and Yahoo! a mere 65 per cent.
comScore's list of the region's top ten destinations also includes two European ISPs: Spain's Terra Networks ranks fourth, with 24.4m visitors, and France Telecom is tenth, with 13.8m. comScore has no explanation for the popularity of France Telecom, but we think it has something to do with the company's recent launch of its Orange mobile and internet service provider south of the Pyrenees.
As you might expect, Brazil boasts the largest number of net users in Latin America - 15.8m over the age of 15 - but that accounts for only 11 per cent of the country's overall population. Believe it or not, Chileans are the most likely to be online: 45 per cent of the population used the Net in June. And Argentina? It's net users are the most active, hitting the web an average of 18 days each month. But they're relatively small in number: 7m, or 24 per cent of the country's total population.®
I just thought that I would further wind up Webster Phreaky by repeating an old latin american joke:
An Argentinian is an Italian who speaks Spanish and thinks he is English.
Latin American == Romance countries
Ah Webster Phreaky ... are you feeling a bit NAZI today??
While there is a dispute about Latin America, it is as a term *itself*, not because we are not a former Italian colony. In fact, there were NO italian colonies at all!!! Even if I included Portugal in that, according to you, "Brasil" would be the only Latin American country. Check your facts, dude!
The only dispute I have seen is about being called Latin America or Iberoamerican, because almost all the area was exclusively Spanish or Portugese colonies... except there were some French ones too. And Malvinas/Falklands (whoops, thats another can of worms, but I'm not Argentinian anyway ;)
Anyway, let me extend this rant on saying that while Google, Yahoo and Micro$oft portals correctly discern Latin America from the Spain dudes, some other sites default Spanish-speaking to Spain. And I HATE how they talk! They translate everything, even IT terms!!! (Imagine my face when I read about "walkers" (encaminadores) instead of "routers"...). Please, Spanish speakers != Spain. We fought them off 196 years ago!
about the ISPs
in Brazil, terra.com.br is a very popular portal... perhaps it's actually hosted by the parent company in Europe? (though that would be a huge waste of bandwidth). Or the "location" is based on ownership of the domain.
could be the France Telecom is a major owner/operator of ISPs in South America and something similar is going on there.
And BTW South America is about 50/50 Portuguese/Spanish by population... the Portuguese just ran their bit as one giant colony.