How you know Internet usage is growing outside the US
By John Clingan-Oracle on Dec 12, 2006
We can look at statistics. We can look at polls. We can listen to "experts". However, the best way to discover where the 'Net is growing is by measuring SPAM. Spammers seem to be "ahead" of the market.
Over the last 12 months I have been getting a growing quantity of non-english-speaking spam. First it was Japanese, then Chinese. Now it is Spanish (mostly put out by some bonehead in Chile). Seems the SPAM filters do a better job of filtering out English (if you call this English: "by mcintyre in veracity".
I heard last week that 9 out of 10 emails on the 'Net is SPAM. I think I get 8 out of the 9. Doesn't help that I plaster my email address on my blog, but that was a calculated risk. Actually, Sun's SPAM filters do a pretty good job.
I don't know what the answer is. I don't think an email tax works. Some small 1-person business with a compromised system will find a huge bill one day. Until then, I'll have to deal with email subjects with grammer only slighly worse than my own.