Twitter now available in Urdu, 3 more languages

Published: March 7, 2012
13000 volunteers helped Twitter to be translated. DESIGN: GIBRAN ASHRAF

13000 volunteers helped Twitter to be translated. DESIGN: GIBRAN ASHRAF

Microblogging social media website,, will allow users to access in four additional languages, including Urdu, Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew, the site officially announced on Tuesday.

The move, though planned, is unique, since Twitter relied on a crowd-sourced format to help with translations.

“Thirteen thousand volunteers around the globe immediately got to work, translating and localizing into these languages in record time. Thanks to their contributions, Twitter is now available in right-to-left languages,” the official announcement on Twitter read.

It added that these volunteers were from countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan, and included scholars, IT professionals, bloggers, even school teachers.

“ 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.”

A point to note is that some of the people working on this project, lived in countries where Twitter is officially banned.

Through this move, Twitter will now be available in 28 languages, in right to left formats, as well as the traditional left to right formats. The engineers at Twitter, said the announcement, had worked out how to properly display bilingual tweets which already had both right to left and left to right format.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • anam
    Mar 7, 2012 - 1:08AM

    way to go


  • Mar 7, 2012 - 1:27AM

    But still. no option to select Pakistan trends. Trends is more required then language, I don’t think even one out of 10 will opt for Urdu.


  • SaveTheNation
    Mar 7, 2012 - 2:09AM

    yet we dont have pakistan in twitter locations. #sad


  • Mar 7, 2012 - 4:20PM

    a gud step !! no doubt !! before Facebook Urdu features on twitter ! is it more of a formal than daily lang ? =)


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