In 2006, Arabic surpassed Russian as the 10th most common language among internet users. The remaining nine in descending order are: English, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Portugese, Korean, and Italian. There are 29 million Arabic internet users (total Arab population of about 250 million) compared to 327 million English. The fraction of users compared to the total population is low, to be sure, but there were less than 3 million Arabic internet users in 2000!
A good sign? I hope so.
(Source: Tom O'Neill, National Geographic Magazine)