Microblogging is becoming a new way to get in touch with others but it is also giving people the opportunity to accomplish something that has been relatively lost from the WWW for some time.
WWW THE WORLD WIDE WEB
If you have been following search engine trends over the years you will know that more recently search engines have been trying to localize search. What I mean is this! If you are in a particular part of the world and you search for something you will be aware that the results are becoming more and more biased toward local vendors and local websites that offer products and services. Some people believe that the way this is being done goes against the very nature of the meaning of WWW (World Wide Web) which initially was not meant to localize. However, the web has become so large that everyone wants to get into a new market and a new territory through it's power. It is all very complex. Whether we are for or against localization there are still plenty of people who have a business that has products and services that are not meant to be limited by boundaries that have been created.
If you have had experience in making websites that target specific areas in the world or the world in general you will know about this much than others do. If you don't understand what I am talking about please see my page on SEO Proxy
MICROBLOGGING & AUTO TRANSLATION ARE UNSTOPPABLE
Rather than try to explain what this is all about I thought it would be a better idea to show you some statistics for this website. By the way, as this is being written we are just over two months old. Take a look at the countries that have been coming to this site.
As you can see from the stats that relate to the top visitors of the WHO IS BID website the number #1 is currently the United States.
This is very normal for a dot com website that is in english and hosted in the USA. However, it is not normal for a site like this to have Japan listed as its number #3 ranked visitor and China as it's fifth. Everyone in Singapore speaks english so it is understandable but not for Japan and China who normally will be led to local Japanese and Chinese websites in their own language.
TRANSLATION WIDGETS BECOMING MORE POPULAR
If you care to do some research on the matter you will find that millions if not billions of dollars have been invested by companies to give users the ability to auto translate. These features are even appearing in alpha version hand held or mobile devices. In the near future we will probably see things like MSN Messenger and Skype giving us the ability to type something in one language and to have it appear in another language to the person we are communicating with if it has not happened already. The possibilities are endless and are going to change the world unless the world does not want this right now. This website is using a free Google Translation Widget which can automatically translate the content into multiple languages for it's visitors. The widget is nothing new but what is new is the ability to reach others who normally would be unreachable by search engines and blogs through Microblogging networks i.e. you can Tweet in any language you like and these auto translators are helping to spread the popularity of the Micro Blog being used as well as giving individuals a chance to break out of the localization which search engines are trying to accomplish.
Microblogging through tools like Twitter combined with auto translate tools take away many of the boundaries that have been set by current search engines and give a new meaning to the WWW. In fact, it is really coming full circle because in the beginning of the web it was easier for people to get noticed internationally and that is how many companies became successful overnight. Now we are presented with a new chance with more options to reach target markets. All of the billions spent on translation tools and the like are of great benefit to popular microblogging services and I am sure all the users taking advantage of that investment are very grateful for the millions if not billions of dollars that have been spent to increase the individual's international reach which has been limited because of the way that search engines have evolved to date. Obviously these viewpoints are very subjective and confined to the sphere of website popularity etc but I am sure that whoever is reading this will see that the possibilities are endless. It is also going to be difficult to predict where this all leading and how search engines will set new policies in place to protect themselves while at the same time keeping most of their fans happy. Reading blogs on the net give the impression that Microblogging Networks were not designed for monetization and there is a lot of chatter about what is considered spam and what is not. If you care to visit Asia you will see that spam is not a problem for Asians i.e. what is considered spam by Americans and Europeans might not be considered spam in other countries. Visit Asian countries to find out and you will see people are quite comfortable with buying their computer , their lunch and even getting a massage in the same place as opposed to Europe where everything is extremely well organized (or should be say controlled)