Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2011:
Twitter Translation Center uses crowd-sourced translations for new languages
Twitter launched its Twitter Translation Center on Monday in an effort to turn its users into translating volunteers who will help convert the social media company’s products into new languages.
The Translation Center opens up Twitter.com; Twitter’s mobile, business and help websites; and Twitter’s mobile apps for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems to translation that is crowd sourced by those who use the popular platform to send out messages in 140 characters or less.
Twitter is looking to add Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish to the list of languages in which it is currently offered. The service is already available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish and those languages will also be available to volunteers in the Translation Center in an attempt to improve already translated sites and apps.
Translators who take part in the Translation Center will be translating Twitter’s products, not the messages sent out on Twitter.