Good news for people in the Arab region and those who prefer tweeting in their local language, because Twitter just announced via blog post that you can now tweet in Arabic. Even though right-to-left languages posed a unique technical challenge for twitter, twitter engineering team have created a new set of special tools to ensure these Tweets, hashtags and numbers all look and behave correctly. This was made possible by Thirteen thousand volunteers that worked together in making twitter available in their local language.
These 13,000 volunteers are a vibrant and diverse group. Among those who donated their time and translation skills to make right-to-left languages a reality on Twitter: a Saudi blogger, Egyptian college students, a journalist at the BBC, IT professionals in Iran and Pakistan, an Israeli schoolteacher, the co-founders of the grassroots #LetsTweetInArabic campaign, academics specializing in linguistics, and teenagers in Lebanon.
Twitter also pointed out that most of the volunteers are living in areas where twitter is officially blocked, so if you want to help in translating and localizing twitter, you can visit Twitter’s Translation Center.
If you can recall, last December Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Kingdom Holdings invested $300 million in Twitter, which could be one of the reason why you can now tweet in Arabic. Twitter is now also available in Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu which are also major languages in the Middle East.
Source: Twitter Blog
Last modified: March 7, 2012