When I first found out about the opportunity to translate Twitter into Portuguese, I wanted to sign up in order to get that special translator badge. Soon enough, however, I became more and more involved with translation and grew all the more passionate about providing a quality Portuguese version of Twitter.
All of my life I have wanted to volunteer for something, so that I could give something back to the community. I feel translating and moderating for Twitter has given me an opportunity to serve, albeit in a small way, my country, my countrymen, my mother tongue, and my favorite social networking site, all in one go.
Here’s a roundup of interesting, provocative, and compelling uses of Twitter from near and far. As we’ve been seeing, Twitter continues to be a central arena for political debates of all kinds. In Moscow, activists recently used Twitter to organize a protest at Red Square. The hashtag #БелаяПлощадь (WhiteSquare) was among top trending topics in Russia for several days. One of the leaders of the opposition movement was arrested by the police after she attempted to put up a tent in the middle of the main square of the country.
With over half a billion native speakers of Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu worldwide, we knew how important it was to make Twitter accessible to speakers of these languages, many of whom don’t speak English. Not to mention, we kept hearing requests from those users who were eager to have Twitter in their language.
Twitter connects people everywhere to what matters most to them. On the international team, we’re especially focused on the “everywhere” part. Today we’re kicking off this new blog to offer a glimpse into the whole world of the International team: the work we do, the challenges we face, and the people that make it all possible.