Twitter, a micro blogging site yesterday announced 4 languages that are Urdu, Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew.
With help of 13,000 volunteer contributors, Twitter was able to extend its support for the languages for North Africa, Middle East and South East Asia.
Twitter had been working on translating and localizing these right to left languages since January 25th.
These languages posted unique challenges for Twitter. To overcome technical barriers, Twitter’s engineering team had to build a new set of special tools to ensure that these tweets, hash-tags and numbers would behave as their counterparts in left to right languages.
Adaptation of Urdu language for twitter won’t be sudden, in fact pattern is likely to remain the same as it is for the availability and readablility of Urdu Vs. English content in Pakistan.
With addition of these four new languages, Twitter said it supports 28 languages – five out of which are right to left.
Tip: To set your language to Urdu, go to Twitter Account -> Settings -> Language