Twitter's mobile website is now available in two new languages Arabic and Farsi. Together with Hebrew and Urdu, the four languages had been added to the Twitter Translation Center way back in January. While users have been able to tweet in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Hebrew on the main site since March 2011, the option to tweet in Arabic and Farsi has only just now become available to mobile users.
The feat has been accomplished thanks to a group of 13,000 volunteers who donated their time and skill to help with the translations. Arabic and Farsi also pose the additional challenge of being languages which are written right to left, as opposed to English which written left to right. Special care has been taken to ensure that features such as hashtags work seamlessly in the new forms.
Twitter played an important part in the Arab Spring movement and has been an excellent portal for people to have their voice heard on a global scale. Hopefully the expansion of Twitter across languages will continue to bring the same kind of platform to new people.