Swahili Facebook launched.
Facebook has launched a Swahili language version of its super popular social network this week. Swahili is spoken by over 100 million people in Eastern and Central Africa making it one of the largest languages on the continent. This continues the trend for technology companies like Google and Microsoft who have also built Swahili versions of their offerings. It also means that Facebook, which is one of the most popular web sites in Africa is making sure it reaches as many users as possible, globally. Facebook is already available in over 50 other languages to-date, and growing. In my opinion, Facebook could easily become a preferrred internet-based platform for Swahili language content, on a global basis. In Kenya, where Swahili is widely spoken, Facebook is already the 4th most popular web site – this is bound to increase as more Swahili speakers go online to access the web site. For the full story on BBC, go here>