The Frogosphere

OK, sorry for the headline. Couldn’t resist. Newswatch India says:

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.

  • Rich Banner

    That’s a lot of froggers.

  • I love the way webheads of all nationalities try to generate hype by quoting percentages without ever defining what the percentage is of. A recent Google “survey in the UK suggested that overall Britons now spend more time surfing Google than watching TV. The percentages they cited to back this up were percentages of respondants to a Google poll posted on
    Now when you consider that only around 60% of British people have access to the web and of those 40% seldom use it or only use e-mail and then you start to think well hell, who do I know who would respond to a questionnaire on Google you realise this assertion is made on the basis of very flimsy evidence.
    Its like saying all British people are alcoholics on the strength of a survey of people pouring out of pubs and bars at midnight on Friday night. All the respondants to the poll are going to be, if not rtat arsed then well on the way but they do not represent the whole of the country.
    I happen to know from French friends that the Internet is some way from reaching saturation levels in France.

  • Anecdotally, The Economist ran an article last week titled ‘Publish or Perish’ about how any serious French politician has to be a published author. While the article focused exclusively on traditional publishing, I’m sure its easy to see how that cultural tendency could be extended to online publishing as well.

  • Paul Raja

    The French by culture have to debate every issue. Everybody has an opinion that has to be aired. Not everybody actually listens to it but it needs to be said. If you dont have an opinion or have nothing to say then you are not intellectual. Logic and Reason being the foundation of all arguements. So a medium like a Blog will be something that the French will take to naturally. The majority of French TV programs are based on debate since its a national passion. So be sure that if you run a blog in France it will be read and quoted as long as it makes sense to the French.

  • Chris B.

    Agreed with Paul. Blogs, anywhere, are e-microphones for people who like to hear themselves talk. So they are a natural fit here in France.

  • I happen to know from French friends that the Internet is some way from reaching saturation levels in France.