The Twitter Translation Community project is up and running! Now, thanks to your fellow Tweeple, you will soon be able to have Twitter in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, which are in addition to the currently implemented Japanese and English. The announcement for this project was made earlier this month on the Twitter blog.
Since this is a community deal, Twitter needs you to chip in and do your part. If you can fluently read and write in a second (or third or fourth) language, Twitter Wants You! It looks like the FIGS are taken, but there are definitely more tongues in the world than what they’re working on. To get involved for your language, let Twitter know you’re interested by filling out this language request/translator signup form. It’ll go into the project manager’s Google Doc of all the Tweeps signed up and they’ll let you know when they’re ready for you to join the game.
What are the benefits for the translators, you ask? The Glory! As an official Twitter translator, you will receive a fabulous badge of recognition on your public Twitter page and a level ranking. The rank you earn is based upon the amount of translations completed. The more challenges (translations) completed, the higher you will go – so soon, you, too, can pwn all of the Twitter world as a level 10! Each of the languages have a “Leading Translators” page, which displays the highest rank Twitter Translators for them.
Wait… hold the presses! What is this? Twitter says you can get ranked up to a Level 10, but we’re now seeing a bonus Level 11. Could this possibly be a pop culture reference to Spinal Tap’s Level 11? (see video below)
Thanks, Twitter, for this cool addition. Just don’t forget to add my languages!