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Jul 23, 2009

Facebook's multi-lingual, 64 languages and locales availability is what makes it so popular

Around 70 percent of Facebook’s 250 million monthly active users are outside of the US, and most of them aren’t speaking English.

The site has been seeing massive growth around the world, partly the result of Facebook letting users translate the site into their own languages over the past couple of years.

Now, the company is aiming to capitalize on its international growth by providing translated versions of its web-wide identity service, Facebook Connect.

Here’s what that means for users, from the Facebook developer blog today:

When a user first connects to your site, or publishes something back to Facebook, the Facebook Connect content will appear in the language you specify.

Facebook's multi-lingual, 64 languages and locales availability is what makes it so popular

User-generated content continues to appear in the language in which it was written.

Facebook is already available in 64 languages and dialects; Facebook Connect is already live on 15,000 applications, sites and devices.

Connect translations will probably get a lot more people using Facebook to sign in and share information on web sites everywhere.

Combined with Facebook’s move to allow advertising and virtual currency purchases in more real-money currencies, translating Connect could lead to more revenue for the company.

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