The French Read Blogs More Than Americans, Brits And Just About Everyone.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on August 2, 2006

Jeff Jarvis over at BuzzMachine has this fascinating item on the French obsession with blogging—and he sources an Indian site for the information, so welcome to the global society. Newswatch India looks interesting. Jarvis calls his post the “Frogosphere.” I couldn’t top it.

Here’s what the item says:

“PARIS: Already famed for angry labour strikes and philosophical debates in smoke-filled cafes, the French have now brought these passions online to become some of the world’s most intensive bloggers.

The French distinguish themselves, both statistically and anecdotally, ahead of Germans, Britons and even Americans in their obsession with the personal and public journals of the Internet age.

60% of French Internet users visited a blog in May, ahead of Britain with 40% and little more than a third in the United States, according to Comscore, an Internet ratings service.

Likewise, French bloggers spent more than an hour in June visiting France’s top-rated blog site, far ahead of the 12 minutes spent by Americans doing the same and the less than three minutes by Germans, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, a sister company to the television ratings giant.

More than three million Internet users, or more than 12% of those online in France, have created a blog, a study released in June by the ratings agency Médiamétrie found.

“You cannot be elected president of France without a blog,” said Benjamin Griveaux, director of Web strategy for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a former finance minister and current member of Parliament who in 2004 was among the first politicians to start a blog.

“Blogs have not replaced traditional media, but they are absolutely necessary for every politician.” Some bloggers even harbour a faint hope that flourishing online discussions might curb the French population’s penchant for taking to the streets in protest.

I find this utterly fascinating and hugely important. But are the French smoking and drinking coffee at home while they blog as they do in cafes when they talk? I hope so.

Reader Comments

Roy Luebke

August 2, 2006 9:58 PM

That isn't really surpising given the French are very good at talking and not much about doing. They have a 200 year history of throwing their hands in the air and asking what do we do now??? So now they have a forum where they can jabber and tell everyone how intelligent they are, but don't do anything about it.

Abolfazlgoodarzi

July 29, 2009 5:29 PM

Hello My friend

I am from Iran.

You Have a Nice Website.

You Can see My blog is This address:

http://www.allread.mihanblog.com


Thankyou

Post a comment

 

About

Want to stop talking about innovation and learn how to make it work for you? Bruce Nussbaum takes you deep into the latest thinking about innovation and design with daily scoops, provocative perspectives and case studies. Nussbaum is at the center of a global conversation on the growing discipline of innovation and the deepening field of design thinking. Read him to discover what social networking works—and what doesn’t. Discover where service innovation is going and how experience design is shaping up. Learn which schools are graduating the most creative talent and which consulting firms are the hottest. And get his take on what the smartest companies are doing in the U.S., Asia and Europe, far ahead of the pack.

BW Mall - Sponsored Links

Buy a link now!