Even the most savvy internet user can easily forget how truly encompassing the web is. On any given day, I visit between 20-100 different websites, interacting with countless other internet users along the way. However, since I only speak english, my experience is limited to web properties specifically designed for the english speaking world. It’s easy to forget how much of the internet exists outside of it.
Over the last year, we’ve had thousands of websites administrators sign up and install the TurnSocial bar on their website. One of the truly humbling experiences of being an entrepreneur is going through your user logs and then visiting their website; the place on the internet they call their own, and the place where they’ve installed our product. As entrepreneurs, we’re very hard on ourselves most of the time, and base our internal perception of success or failure on our overall position in the market, relative to the competition. Sometimes you have to step back to gain some perspective – and celebrate the small wins.
Whenever I hop online and visit our customer’s websites, it reminds me how truly global the internet has become. There are people using the TurnSocial bar in countries including:
The United States (obviously), the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Holland, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Estonia, Russia, Italy, Israel, Nigeria, India, China, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Canada…..and probably a few more that I’ve overlooked.
What’s amazing to me is that for 90% of these countries, English is a second language. It’s an awesome feeling when I visit a website with our product on it; even more so when it’s in a language I don’t understand, and haven’t written our website to be understood in. It reminds me how far we’ve come – we started with nothing and built it into something seen by millions of people every month, in different languages and countries all over the globe. We truly have built something for the World Wide Web, and today I feel pretty good about it.