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Twitter Introduces Filipino Translation of Tweets

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Published         8 Aug , 2011      7:44 am          1,063 views.

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Here’s a new development in the internet social networking circuit: Twitter announced on 1st of August that its translation center is now available for Filipino and Malay languages. “As Twitter looks to expand itself around the world, localized translations of the website are a must, and as Facebook has shown, crowdsourced voluntary translations are the most effective way doing this,” the Twitter posted on its blog.

It is more of affirmation than surprise that more Filipinos are on board the social microblogging network of Twitter.

The free social network service allow users to send messages up to a maximum of 140 characters.

The Filipino penchant for technology and innovation in communication, among others, is a common knowledge. Pinoys are number one in cell phone users worldwide being top in sending MSM (texts). (Read related post about Pinoys being top in texting on this link.

The innovative approach of Twitter was a bold step at expanding its presence in foreign markets and maintain grasp of the niche as one of the world’s leading social networking websites. Twitter trails social network Goliath Facebook with has more than 750 million users.

“Twitter.com has experienced an explosion in global traffic over the past year, establishing itself as one of the most-visited social networking sites across each of the five worldwide regions,” said Graham Mudd, ComScore vice president for search media.

“Today nearly 3 out of 4 global internet users access social networking sites each month, making it one of the most ubiquitous activities across the web. As more users around the world have become acquainted with connecting and expressing themselves through social media, it has created an environment where new media like Twitter can emerge globally in a relatively short period of time.”

Being able to translate to Filipino can only be seen as a way for Twitter to continue its stranglehold in the Filipino market.

The website relies on more than 200,000 volunteer translators across all languages to help translate a “tweet” into a specific language.

Called crowdsourced voluntary translations, popularized by Facebook, it’s a simple system that allows users to translate and submit a certain word or phrase. Other volunteer translators will then vote on which translations are best and most accurate to use on Twitter.

With a total 175+ million users worldwide, Philippine twitter users rank the 6th. Indonesia and Brazil rank first and second, Venezuela, the Netherlands and Japan ranks third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Twits from the United States account for the 11th.

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