Twitter FIGS rolling out soon

9 Oct 2009

Twitter is only available in English and Japanese, but will soon be rolling out support for French, Italian, German and Spanish-language, or FIGS, countries.

Following the FIGS rollout, support will also be added further down the line for other languages, says Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

Starting today, Twitter is offering a translation tool “for people with experience in other languages to suggest translations for the Twitter website. Then, we’ll follow up technically.”

And as Twitter is all about people, it has decided to get volunteer testers in on the act: “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.

“We will distribute the translations to Twitter platform developers making it easier for them to offer multiple-language support as well,” explained Stone.

By Marie Boran

Photo: Twitter is inviting people to become volunteer translators for its rollout of French, Italian, German and Spanish-language Twitter.