Twitter is a great way of staying in touch with people and sharing information in real time. Information bytes shared on twitter are called tweets. You can follow people, the latest gossips and stories, news and opinions which interest you or just use to connect with friends and family.
To find out the languages that were used most on Twitter in London, Ed Manly, engineering doctorate candidate, and James Cheshire, spatial analysis lecturer, both from University College London, carried out a research to identify the language of tweets that were sent over the summer.
It came as no surprise that out of the 3.3 million tweets, 92.5% were in English as it is the local and the predominant language of the area. The other languages that contribute to the tweeting universe of London are Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Arabic, Portuguese, German, Malay and Russian.
Spanish, French and Italian are no big surprise with London being a European city, a little surprising is the fact that even Asian languages are starting to figure in the top 10 tweeting languages of London. As can be seen they are Turkish, Arabic and Malay out of which Turkish and Arabic are the more used.
Arabic tweeters can be found mostly in the Middle Eastern area of Edgware Road, up to the north-east of Hyde Park and also in the Knightsbridge and Kensington districts. Turkish tweeters, on the other hand are spread all over London but are mostly teeming in two places – Notting Hill and the Institut Français.