Twitter Expands Into More LanguagesBy: Chris Crum - December 17, 2009
Update: Twitter is now supporting the Spanish language.
Original Article: Twitter announced that it intends to roll out the service in the French, Italian, German, and Spanish languages. Currently it’s only available in English and Japanese.
Expanding into more languages should have a profound impact on Twitter’s growth in new users. The company doesn’t plan to stop there either though. Co-founder Biz Stone says that’s just a starting point.
Twitter is taking a cue from Facebook and calling upon users to help with translations. The company has launched a tool for people with experience in different languages to suggest translations for the Twitter site itself. "Then, we’ll follow up technically," says Stone.
"We are inviting a small group of people to become volunteer translators at first," he explains. "As more folks volunteer, the translation suggestions should accumulate faster and we’ll have enough material to respond by making Twitter available not only in English and Japanese but also French, Italian, German, and Spanish. We will distribute the translations to Twitter platform developers making it easier for them to offer multiple language support as well."
Our latest numbers have shown that new user registrations have declined slightly for Twitter. The more languages that Twitter supports, obviously the more useful more people will find it. It has a long way to go to get Facebook-like numbers, but this would be a huge step in the right direction (along with the forthcoming "lists" feature) to step up the game.