Good news for folks who don’t use English as a main language – Twitter has announced on its blog that it now supports an additional five new languages, bringing up the total number of supported languages to 17. Twitter is now available in Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog and Malay. With last week’s announcement of having over 100 million active users on the service, the availability of these new languages will definitely help the service reach out to even more users.
Also, what’s interesting about Twitter’s language options, is Twitter’s involvement (or lack thereof) in it. Twitter’s translation is all done by a community of translators who both translate and moderate Twitter.com, its support pages, Twitter apps and more. Currently there are over 290,000 translators working at the Translation Center, and if you’re interested in helping, head over to Twitter’s website to find out more.