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Twitter launches Arabic, Hebrew versions, now up to 28 languages

By Andrew Moran     Mar 7, 2012 in Technology
San Francisco - Twitter's right-to-left campaign has been successfully launched. After establishing additional languages to its translation centre in January, Twitter has officially started Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi and Urdu versions of its website.
As most of the news outlets report that Lady Gaga has officially reached the 20-million mark in Twitter followers, the social network juggernaut announced its formal launch of its Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu Twitter versions.
Part of its localizing initiative and right-to-left campaign, users who speak those languages will now be able to use the microblogging website in right-to-left languages. Visitors that enter the homepage will be given local-language notices and proper instructions.
Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has expanded its user home pages to 28 different languages. There were a number of individuals who donated their time to help install this feature, including Egyptian college students, a Saudi blogger, Iranian and Pakistani technological professionals and the #LetsTweetArabic grassroots campaign.
“Some of these volunteers live in regions where Twitter is officially blocked. Their efforts speak volumes about the lengths people will go to make Twitter accessible and understandable for their communities,” wrote Twitter in its official blog.
“We want to thank all the volunteers for helping us making Twitter available to every person on the planet. If you want to help translate, join the community to discuss existing translations or suggest a new language for future translation, visit our Translation Center.”
The company first started adding foreign languages in the spring of 2008 when it launched Japanese translation. More than one year later, it installed French and Spanish translations. Last year, it continued to include a number of languages, such as Dutch, Filipino, Russian, Turkish, Hindi and Malay.
Twitter officials have repeatedly stated that they plan to add a lot more languages throughout 2012. You can also file a language request.
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