Orkut’s taking keen interest in what we Indians want (We’re sure it doesn’t have anything to do with winning the Pepsi and MTV Youth Icon Award).
The insanely popular social networking site will now be available in 5 new languages - Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.
"Indians have always been a vibrant part of the Orkut community, and we continue to see more Indians joining Orkut every day. It"s our goal to make Orkut the ultimate tool for self-expression and communication, and we know that if we’re not translated into your native language, this becomes harder. So we worked closely with Googlers in our Indian offices to help develop the initial release of these languages", said a post by Patrick Barry, Software Engineer, on the Orkut blog.
Orkut is asking users for feedback to help them improve the translation or tell them what language they’d like to see Orkut in by visting the community Indian Language Translations.
These five languages were initially chosen because together they cover 80% of India. To view the Orkut site in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil or Telugu, users have to click the settings button under their profile photo (or click the blue settings link at the top of any page); on the general tab, choose their preferred display language from the drop-down menu at the top of the page and finally save the changes.
If users encounter trouble reading languages on the "Settings" page, maybe the browser scripts have not been updated. For Internet Explorer, go to "Tools" and then "Windows Update"and accept the Windows XP Service Pack 2 update.
All languages are included in this update