Starting today, Twitter will be available in Brazilian Portuguese. After adding the language to our translation center, it was fully translated in only three days, making this translation project Twitter’s fastest yet.
Brazilians have embraced Twitter as a way to keep up what’s happening both locally and globally. When severe flooding hit north of Rio de Janeiro earlier this year, Brazilians used Twitter to organize disaster relief efforts, share details on how to donate money and supplies, and call for medical assistance in affected neighborhoods. In Brazil’s most recent presidential elections, all three candidates (@dilmabr, @silva_marina, @joseserra_) used Twitter to promote their campaigns, interacting directly with supporters and answering their questions. And when one man couldn’t get a customer service response after he purchased a defective refrigerator, he posted his complaint on Twitter, including the name of the store. Other users rallied behind his cause, causing the store’s name to trend for four days — eventually ending with a brand new replacement refrigerator.
To change your language to Brazilian Portuguese, visit the settings page on twitter.com. Then, browse interesting Brazilian accounts and follow those that suit your interests. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- @blogplanalto: Blog do Planalto tweets official news from Brazilian President @dilmabr and the presidential palace.
- @HuckLuciano: Luciano Huck, a TV personality, shares news and commentary on everything from sports to major world events.
- @EikeBatista: Eike Bastista, a businessman and entrepreneur, focuses on the economy and business news.
- @Njr92: Neymar Júnior, a young and extremely talented soccer player for Santos, celebrates his team’s victories.
- @PretaMaria: Preta Gil, a singer, responds to fans and tweets about her career, current projects, and, as the daughter of a former Minister of Culture, political and cultural news.
In addition to twitter.com, mobile.twitter.com and Twitter for Android have also been translated. We’re working to support Portuguese in other mobile applications soon. Portuguese SMS commands and replies are supported by Nextel and TIM.