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Oh Goody, Senseless Tweets in More Languages Soon!

Twitter Bird GoofyThe Twitter blog informs us that if you are not already lucky enough to get the good, the bad and the truly ugly of Twitter in the English or Japanese language that help is on the way. Founder Biz Stone gives us some more “Bizdom” on the Twitter blog regarding the status of the social media site and how there are more folks out there who will be able to be ensnared in the web that is Twitter.

Twitter is currently available only in English and Japanese. With some help, we will soon be rolling out support for French, Italian, German, and Spanish. These languages are commonly referred to using the acronym FIGS and are often the starting point for services like Twitter when its time for more language support. Later, 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.

This is cool in theory and how it is being done is as unique as Twitter is

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.

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Biz then puts out a request for volunteers to help Twitter make this translation thing a reality. He talks about his small team of 5 people working feverishly to make Twitter accessible to the rest of the civilized world. What is Twitter anyway, some kind of charity cause?

I can see this type of request if this was a shoestring operation that was working on cash flow to make this kind of service a reality but Twitter is neither anymore. It’s hard to feel sorry for the poor Twitter employees who are painted as understaffed but dedicated to making the world a better place through translating Twitter “as soon as we can”. Honestly, the rest of the world is running low on ‘twatience’ with the ‘little company that could 140 characters at a time” shtick.

Biz, with a billion dollar valuation and a bank account that is somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million richer, the rest of the world is not going to buy the poor little Twitter story any more. If this is really going to happen you need to hire the team to get it done and then roll it out to the waiting world. Part of the price of becoming as big and well funded as Twitter is that the slack offered is considerably less. In fact, it has likely moved from being a very generous amount to now being just enough rope to hang yourself.

Sounds harsh I know but life can be that way. Adios!

  • http://techcrunchies.com Anand Srinivasan

    The world has more than enough share of fools who would contribute to this..Oh wait, if they offered me a backlink or something, even I can help in Hindi translation, if there was one..
    .-= Anand Srinivasan´s last blog ..Change in Online Ad Clicking Behavior =-.

  • Chris Gnut

    Great to see Twitter is becoming more aggressive in expanding globally. Should be clarify that this feature will help twitter specifically localize their UI (eg.-menu items, field names, site copy). The real benefit in going global occurs when all of your content (eg. – user generated data, articles, etc) can be translated automatically to attract global visitors.

    I decided to do this automatically with my website fairly recently. I was able to not only translate my domestic content automatically for visitors, but my content was automatically indexed and page ranked in search engines greatly boosting my original global traffic (e.g.- page views) by several times.

    There are different tools that accomplish this, some better than others (I have personally found success with http://www.nativetung.com). Nonetheless, nice to see more attention being placed on this important topic.

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  • http://www.dotcominfoway.com Venkatesh

    I hope they bring it in Indian languages. Or maybe an Indian version of Twitter called Masala Chat or something. :)
    .-= Venkatesh´s last blog ..Dot Com Infoway – Our Methodology =-.

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  • http://www.harrymakesmoneyonline.com Harry Rubinstein

    I am still trying to get my head around twitter. I tend to tweet and bookmark for later but rarely get back to those for later. I tend to think that this is the case for most other users

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