Twitter and Foreign Languages

I’ve been rather busy lately with my coursework but I just noticed this about Twitter preparing to add Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu.  It seems Twitter is looking for volunteer translators for a number of languages, including the above mentioned as well as French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, etc.  Here’s their message: 

Twitter Translation Center adds Right-to-Left Languages

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Beginning today, right-to-left languages are now available for volunteers to translate in the Twitter Translation Center, starting with Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu. The Twitter Translation Center takes a crowd-sourced approach to translating and localizing Twitter for people around the world. More than 425,000 volunteers contribute to the Translation Center, and to date have helped make Twitter available in 22 languages. With their help, these will be the next four.

As we prepare to add Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu to Twitter, we’ve developed new ways to ensure that Tweets and hashtags will work properly in right-to-left languages. We’ve also made changes behind the scenes to give right-to-left language speakers a localized user experience. As soon as our volunteers have completed their translation work, we’ll make Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu available for everyone on Twitter.com later this spring.

 

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