Iran Plugged In

Looking at the impact of the Internet in Iran

China is Definitely Plugged In

Juicy facts:

  • China has approximately 14,000,000 domain names registered under “.cn”.
  • 298 million Internet users.
  • 117.6 million out of the current 640 million registered cellphone holders using the Internet on their phones, and 70.8% of those users under 19.
  • Sites are censored in China.
  • Having blogs is about five times more popular in China than it is in the US

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Iran Ranks #32

According to this article, Iran ranks #32 in the world in terms of number of websites.

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Top 100 Sites in Iran

According to Alexa:

  1. Google
  2. Yahoo
  3. Blogfa
  4. Facebook
  5. MihanBlog
  6. YouTube
  7. Blogger
  8. MSN
  9. Cloob
  10. PersianBlog

See the rest of the list here.

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Some Stats of Iran Online

Here are some rough numbers:

According to this blog post, Iran has a vital online community of around 60,000 active blogs and up to 20 million people connected to the Internet. The article later states that in 2006, Iran reported over 10,000,000 blogs and websites were filtered, and Iran invested $5,000,000 to build a filtering system.

According to Wikipedia, Iran is the world’s fourth largest country of bloggers. Wikipedia lists that over 23 million people are connected to the Internet as of 2007. Wikipedia states that there are over 700,000 Iranian blogs with approximately 40,000 – 110,000 of them are active.

According to Technorati, the Persian language is among the 10 most common languages amongst bloggers.

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