Thanks to the diligent volunteers that populate Twitter's Translation Center, the service is now available in two new languages: Catalan and Ukrainian.
In all, Twitter (the service, not the actual tweets) has been translated and is ready for use in 30 different languages.
Twitter launched the Translation Center back in February, 2011, with the goal of crowdsourcing the site's translation, so that it could be accessible to more countries across the world. When the center launched, Twitter was only available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. The launch brought three new languages to the translation block - Indonesian, Russian, and Turkish.
We worked to ensure the quality, consistency and unified voice of our translators were in our tools - via automation. Today, we are making two of those languages available for all users to see and change their language settings to - Catalan and Ukrainian. The translations you see live on Twitter.com are based on translation completion and community approval. In order to use Twitter in Catalan or Ukrainian, please go to your language settings today.
Back in May, Twitter added six new languages the Translation Center - Catalan, Afrikaans, Ukrainian, Greek, Czech and Basque. In under two months, two of those languages are now ready for prime time. Twitter reminds users that the more people volunteer to participate in the translation of the other four, the quicker they will become available to all users.
The last four languages that became available on Twitter were right-to-left languages including Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, and Urdu.
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