Twitter Tuesday: Support for Two New Languages Added
Article by George Norman
On 02 Aug 2011
I have to say that I like it when the people behind online services and software applications take into consideration the fact that no everyone in the world speaks English. Even though English is a wide-spread languages and it seems like everyone can speak it, the simple truth of the matter is that not everyone in the world is fluent in English. And some of the people who are not fluent in English would very much like to use software applications and online services in their own language.

With that introduction out of the way, it is my great pleasure to announce popular social networking and micro-blogging online service has added support for two new languages, that bumping support for the total number of languages it supports to eleven. The two new languages Twitter added support for are Dutch and Indonesian.

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With this occasion Twitter showcased how dedicated the Twitter community is. Support for Dutch and Indonesian was added thanks to the efforts of the community of volunteers who used the Translation Center. The volunteers translated twitter.com, support pages, desktop and mobile applications, and every other bit that needed translating – everything apart from the tweets themselves of course. And they did this in record time – they managed to fully translate Twitter to Duch and Indonesian in about a month.

“Thanks to the active and growing Twitter community (200,000 translators and counting), the launch of today’s two languages is our fastest to date,” explained Twitter. “From the first calls for community involvement to today’s launch, the localization process for Dutch and Indonesian took just one month. We will be using this new process to translate Twitter into many more languages soon.”

The next languages Twitter will add support for are Filipino and Malay. If you are fluent in either of these languages, you can visit the Translation Center and lend a helping hand. If you speak other languages, you can lend a helping hand as well.



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