On Monday, Twitter made two significant announcements: two new languages have been added to its growing list of languages, and a big fresh boost of funding has been raised.
Since 2008, when Twitter first became available in Japanese as well as the original English, the social network has consistently added additional language options. The addition of Dutch and Indonesian makes for eleven total languages, but the method may be even more significant that the total.
These latest two were a result of the Twitter Translation Center, where “volunteers translate twitter.com, support pages, desktop and mobile applications — everything except the Tweets,” according to the official Twitter blog. “Then, a select group of the most active translators work closely with the team at Twitter to maintain localized versions of the service.”
The blog also states that the 200,000+ translators only took a month to develop the Indonesian and Dutch translations, the fastest language projects yet. Filipino and Malay are the next to get Twitter Translator treatment, and Twitter is actively searching for volunteers to help with either one.
Meanwhile, another Twitter blog post also revealed “a significant round of funding led by the venture firm DST Global, with the participation of several of our existing investors. We will use these resources to aggressively innovate, hire more great people and invest in international expansion.”
DST (Digital Sky Technologies) Global is a venture capital firm that has also invested in other prominent social media companies such as Facebook, Zynga, and Groupon. This is not directly connected with last week’s unconfirmed rumor that Twitter was seeking $800 million at a valuation of $8 billion valuation, and indeed there has been no direct reference to the amount of DST funding or to the valuation -- or, for that matter, official blog (or any other source)..
Twitter is also expected to enter another round of funding but even fewer details are available aside from hearsay.
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