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Imagine my surprise and delight this morning, when the feed that tells me where my blog users come from read: “Kenya.”
Since I’ve had this blog, I have never had a reader from the continent of Africa, much less from Kenya. I’ve been watching my Google Analytics map closely, and I feel so grateful and amazed when I see hits from Europe, India, the Philippines, Japan, and Korea. (I even had to look up a couple of countries.) But for a long time now, the one continent that’s remained dark on my Analytics map has been Africa. Until today.
Coincidentally, I read Webomatik this afternoon, and learned that although Africa is the second largest continent in the world by population, only 5.3% of Africans use the Internet. In contrast, 73 percent of North America’s population uses the Internet.
The good news is that Africa has experienced one of the largest growths in Internet use between 2000 and 2008 — a huge 1,000 percent — and today more than 51 million people are using the Internet in on that continent, according to Internet World Stats.
Still, use of the Web in Africa, a continent of 955 million people, accounts for only 3.5 percent of the world’s Internet use.
Makes you think. Meanwhile, an appreciative shout out to Kenya.