Facebook Releases Site in Spanish; German and French to Follow

Feb 07, 2008, 00:00 ET from Facebook

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Facebook today announced the
 first step in a broad plan to internationalize the site with translation
 into Spanish. German and French versions of Facebook are expected in the
 coming weeks. Nearly 1,500 Spanish-speaking users on Facebook chose to be
 part of the effort and translated the site from English to Spanish in less
 than four weeks.
     Current users who want to view Facebook in Spanish can change their
 language preference from their account settings. Beginning on Monday, Feb.
 11, any person who goes to http://www.facebook.com from a Spanish-speaking
 country will see the site in Spanish. Facebook currently has more than 2.8
 million active users in Latin America and Spain.
     "Over 60 percent of Facebook users are now outside of the U.S., and
 many live in countries where English is not the primary language," said
 Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. "Our goal has always been to
 allow people to use Facebook in their native language so we built an
 application to enable users to participate in translating the site into
 their local languages and dialects. We really appreciate the contribution
 from users in translating Facebook."
     Users who added the Facebook translation application were allowed to
 submit translations inline while browsing the site. The community then
 approved all translations through a voting system. For example, users
 agreed on "dar un toque" to describe the Facebook-coined term "poke."
     Many translators are motivated by the impact of their contribution to
 making the site available to millions who speak their language. The leading
 Spanish translator was responsible for 1,284 of the winning sentences,
 almost 3 percent of the entire site.
     As the company releases new features, Facebook will continue to empower
 its users to make these available in their local language. In addition, the
 translation application will soon be available to Facebook Platform
 developers who want to have their applications translated by the community.
     Facebook users can now also access the mobile site in their supported
 language through any mobile device with Web capabilities. To sign up for
 Facebook, users can go to http://www.facebook.com or visit m.facebook.com
 from any mobile device with Internet access.
     About Facebook
     Founded in February 2004, Facebook is a social utility that helps
 people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and
 coworkers. The company develops technologies that facilitate the sharing of
 information through the social graph, the digital mapping of people's
 real-world social connections. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact
 with the people they know in a trusted environment. Facebook is a part of
 millions of people's lives and half of the users return daily. Facebook is
 a privately-held company and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

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