Facebook Seeks to Speak New Languages

02 October 2007

PALO ALTO, California: Fast-growing online social network Facebook is planning to make millions more friends overseas as it mulls translating its website into other languages.

The US-headquartered site, which is reportedly being courted by Microsoft, says translation from English is definitely on its "radar" as it seeks to maximise its earning potential.

And founder and ceo Mark Zuckerberg commented: "International growth is one of a few things that we are very focused on right now."

Facebook's increasing popularity outside its US base has also prompted the forthcoming opening of a London office. Users in the UK now outnumber rival MySpace, according to internet researcher Nielsen/NetRatings.

News Corporation-owned MySpace has already expanded into non-English language sites and has introduced local features outside the US.

Data sourced from Financial Times online; additional content by WARC staff