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:
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.