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Twitter To Add 16 More Languages To Its Translation Center

Twitter is an increasingly global company, with users in Japan, Brazil, Russia and France all just as eager to send 140 character messages as users in North America.

That’s why the company has announced the addition of 16 more languages to its Translation Center, the largest single batch of new languages to date.
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Twitter Adds Support For Three More Languages: Greek, Czech And Basque

Twitter has added three more languages to its translation center, bringing the total up to 33 supported languages.
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Facebook, Twitter, Google+ And LinkedIn: The Language Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Guinness Book Of World Records once listed a man who spoke 58 languages as the world’s greatest living polyglot – but that record has since been smashed by the likes of Facebook, Google+ and other social networks.
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Twitter To Add Support For Right-To-Left Languages

The volunteers in Twitter’s Translation Center are hard at work today. That’s because the company just enabled support for right-to-left languages, like Arabic and Farsi, for Twitter.com and its mobile versions to be translated into.
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Mapping The Language Of Tweets [INFOGRAPHIC]

In a beautiful infographic, self-professed “geek of maps” Eric Fischer (@ENF) has created a complex web of the language of tweets.

Showing each language in a different color, Fischer has mapped which language is tweeted where on a glow-in-the-dark style map of the world. Check it out below.
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Twitter Now Available In 5 More Languages

International Twitter users, rejoice: you may now be able to tweet in your native language.

Twitter has just expanded its language offerings to five new dialects, including Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Hindi, Filipino and Malay.
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Twitter? It's All Chinese To Me. But What If It Actually Was?

I pick up a few followers each day and my policy is that assuming the person is real (that is, not a spammer or other kind of self-promoter) and seems reasonable enough, I will always follow them back. Without fail. If they later turn out to be an insane person (or, worse, rude), I can easily unfollow and/or block them.

Lately I’ve had one or two people follow me (who have I then followed back) who tweet exclusively in their own language. That is, a language that is not English. A language, therefore, that is not my own.

I take a fair bit of responsibility here. When it came to languages in school, I slacked off a bit. I have a basic command of French and recognise a few (mostly choice) words in other European languages, but when it comes to complex prose, and certainly anything from most of the countries around the rest of the world, I’m lost.

The Question

Which presents something of a moral dilemma. My question is thus, and it’s two fold:

  • What is the correct etiquette for following users on Twitter who exclusively tweet in a language you don’t understand?
  • If your goal on Twitter is to become a power-user/influencer and recruit loads of followers around the world, should you expect to have to tweet in English?

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