Arabic Twitter getting ready for launch
By Tousif Khan - Tue Jan 31, 4:31 pm
The efforts of the @supportarabic campaign have not gone to waste; the world is indeed taking note. The micro blogging website Twitter has announced that they are working on adding right-to-left languages, starting with Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu.
Twitter account holders can tweet in 22 different languages and these four languages will be the latest addition.
Twitter confirmed in their blog that as soon as their 425,000 volunteers complete their translation work, they will make Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu available for everyone on Twitter.com later this year.
According to a recent study by Paris-based agency Semiocast, out of the 180 million tweets posted daily, 2.2 million were posted in Arabic, amounting to an astonishing 2,000% increase in 12 months, as reported by ARAB NEWS.
It is also reported that about 650,000 Arab speaking users are generating 1.23 million tweets a day.
These users have been urging Twitter, through a campaign promoting the account @supportarabic, to take action and make their website available in Arabic. Over five thousand memebrs are involved in this campaign and followed by six thousand account holders.
Support Arabic has supported their demands on their website, by saying: “It is one of the oldest languages, the official language of more than 22 countries and spoken by 350 million people around the world. Many languages have borrowed vocabulary from Arabic and that makes it a source language.”
Supporting the Arabic language on the Twitter website will increase the demand for Twitter accounts among all classes of Arabic societies, says Support Arabic on its website. “It will make it easier and more comfortable to adapt to our everyday spoken language.”