Facebook launched in Indian languages

Facebook is a free-access social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. The website’s name refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of a campus community that some US colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff as a way to get to know other people on campus.

Facebook launched its Indic language interface, featuring Indic languages including Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and Malayalam. The interface allows users to navigate Facebook in either of these languages; last month, GigaOm had mentioned that Facebook is working on Indic languages.. I gave Hindi a go, switching from English (Pirates), and promptly received a friend update in Hindi, via email (screencap).

Facebook launched the service on Thursday. “Do you speak Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil or Malayalam? Now you can use Facebook in any of these languages to connect with your Indian friends all over the world,” says the Facebook page that welcomes the Indian users.

The latest sensation in social networking, Facebook had recently announced that its user base has crossed 200 million. By offering services in Indian languages, it expects to increase the user base further. According to the last census there are around 770 million speakers who speak in the six Indian languages that Facebook is offering its service.

Source : medianama


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