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Twitter is becoming multilingual with support for French, Italian, German and Spanish languages in the development stages.

Developers at Twitter hope to make the site readable for overseas users, in countries where the native language is not English. The service is currently available in English and Japanese but Twitter Co-founder, Biz Stone, hopes to expand the site's reach by creating French, Italian, German and Spanish language versions.

The translation project will start with a small group of volunteers, who will initiate the translation process, paving the way for Twitter platform developers to finish the hard work behind the scenes.

"Starting today, we are offering a simple tool for people with experience in other languages to suggest translations for the Twitter web site. Then, we'll follow up technically," wrote Biz Stone on October 9, on the official Twitter blog.

"We are inviting a small group of people to become volunteer translators at first," said Stone. "As more folks volunteer, the translation suggestions should accumulate faster and we'll have enough material to respond by making Twitter available not only in English and Japanese but also French, Italian, German, and Spanish. We will distribute the translations to Twitter platform developers making it easier for them to offer multiple language support as well."