Twitter chooses to go the Social Translation Way

by Anjali Gupta

Following the footsteps of Facebook, Twitter launched a comprehensive Translation Center to “crowdsource translations from our passionate users in order to more quickly launch Twitter in additional languages”.

Translators will be translating the product itself, not the Tweets. Twitter also has a feed for translators on twitter/@translator.

Indonesian, Russian and Turkish are next on Twitter’s list of languages.

We’re glad to see large Web players adopt social translation and trust crowd-sourcing.  With Dubzer, any website or application can launch it’s own Translation Center in a few minutes. Encouraged by Twitter, we hope to see similar initiatives from smaller players in the coming months. After all, it’s not the number of users that matters. All you need to support a language is a small but passionate audience in that language.