Facebook's New Friends Abroad

The social network is adding more language capability, further proof that growth outside the U.S. is vital for Facebook and MySpace

Facebook is stepping up its international expansion. The Palo Alto (Calif.)-based company will introduce tools that translate the site into four additional languages: Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, and Polish, BusinessWeek.com has learned. In the coming months, Facebook also plans to include another 20 languages, including Chinese, says Javier Olivan, international manager at Facebook, in a telephone interview from Germany. Facebook already offers Spanish, French, and German translation tools.

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