Google+ adds South African indigenous languages

March 8, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

Google has added two indigenous African languages, Afrikaans and Zulu, to their social network, Google+.

Google+ playing social networking catch-up. (image:

Google+ is available in up to 60 languages and they hope their latest move will drive users away from the Usain Bolt-like frontrunner Facebook. Swahili, Urdu and Tamil speakers can also now socialise online in their native tongue.

Facebook has over 800 million users, followed by Twitter which garnered 500 million users in February this year. Since its launch in June 2011, Google+ has trailed in the social networking race, but with 100 million users, it seems to be catching up.

While some brands such as the BBC and New York Times have established a presence on the social network, a Wall Street Journal article recently labelled Google+ a “ghost town”. This came after research firm comScore revealed how little time users spend on the site.

Staff writer



3 Responses to Google+ adds South African indigenous languages

  1. job well done, africans contribute so much in social networks.

  2. well , I wonther that if they can also introdruce lingala one of the most popular speaking in africa !

  3. This is a step in right direction, actually all spoken language must be included.

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