John Yunker at Global Design added an interesting post a few days ago in which he complied a list of top ten international websites. The results form part of his latest Web Globalization Report Card. Rather than just look at translation, which many companies can’t seem to look beyond, he established much more rigorous criteria for the websites as he writes in his blog:
“In an effort to identify and understand these established and emerging best practices, in 2003, I began benchmarking the Web sites of hundreds of global companies and organizations. I tracked language use, navigation techniques, and global consistency, and interviewed hundreds of executives who manage these global Web sites.”
Unsurprisingly Google tops the list; the reason being its 115-language search interface and localized Web-based applications (such as Blogger & Adwords) which is all part of getting the international community using the net.
Read more at Global by Design