For the Twitter-sceptic, it is quite sufficient that Kanye West can tweet his carpeting preference (Persian, adorned with a cherub pattern) in one language.
With the launch of five new languages this week, he will be able to enlighten the world in a grand total of 17 tongues.
The newly-offered languages are simplified and traditional Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog and Malay.
Last week, the social networking site declared it had reached 100 million active users. The Twitter blog announced on Wednesday that “with these new languages Twitter will now be more easily accessible to almost half a billion people around the world”.
Twitter also announced that it will soon add Swedish, Norweigan, Danish, Finnish, Polish and Hungarian.
The launch of the Chinese language service will not, however, permit Twitter to tap into the vast mainland Chinese market. The portal has been inaccessible since 2009 when Twitter, along with Facebook and YouTube, were banned for not meeting China’s Internet regulations.
Twitter’s Chinese service is rather aimed at Chinese speakers living outside the mainland, Twitter’s spokesperson, Carolyn Penner, said Thursday.
Though it is a fraction of the 485 million Internet users on the mainland, this market amounts to 35 million people residing in 30 countries.