Bonjour, ciao, guten tag, hola - Twitter to add more languages

Twitter is to embrace other languages, the company has confirmed, rolling out support for French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

"We hope to offer Twitter in several other languages. No matter how sophisticated technology gets, we're reminded daily that it's about people and that's something we've taken to heart regarding translating Twitter", Biz Stone, one of the company's founders and designated communicator said on the company blog.

Like other features the company is working on such as retweet timelines and geo-locating tweets, the company it currently only testing the water with the new offering:

"Starting today, we are offering a simple tool for people with experience in other languages to suggest translations for the Twitter web site. Then, we'll follow up technically", said Stone before commenting: "We are inviting a small group of people to become volunteer translators at first. 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".

As for the hundreds of other languages around the world? Unfortunately you'll just have to wait.



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