Global Voices explains that Twitter in Catalan provokes joy… and hate


(Help Catalonia) On July 6, 2012, thousands of Catalan-speaking netizens celebrated the fact that Twitter finally speaks their language. The hashtag #twitterencatalà quickly became a trending topic in Spain, and Data’n’Press launched twitterencatala.org to monitor the number of users who switch their accounts into Catalan. Within the first 24 hours, more than 10,000 did so. Many Twitter users have rejoiced in the website’s newest language edition, but many others have expressed their anger at the announcement, tweeting derogatory remarks about the Catalan language and people. On the positive side, many directly thanked Albert Cuesta, who organized the public petition for a Catalan Twitter, as well as all those who signed it.

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