Easily sharing the right things with just the right people is really what Google+ is all about. But sometimes, the people you care about may not yet be active on Google+, perhaps because they don't fully understand how to sign up, create a circle or how to run a group video chat via Hangouts.
Recently, we announced that Google+ is now available in 17 more languages, making a total of 60 languages that Google+ supports. In Africa we are especially excited about 4 of these: Kiswahili, Amharic, Afrikaans & IsiZulu. The interface in these languages give users a unique experience that feels closer to home and makes the core features easier to understand. Whether in an internet cafe in Arusha or on mobile browser in Gauteng, this makes a real difference for many users.
For these native speakers, it’s now easier to use Google’s new signup process (select from language dropdown at footer), start a Hangout in IsiZulu [“Qala i-hangout”], share your favorite photos in Afrikaans [“Deel jou gunsteling foto’s”], or in Swahili, post about your weekend to only your friends and not your boss [“Jumuisha watu wengine”]. In Amharic, use the Google input tools Chrome extension to post in Ethiopic script. All languages will also be available on mobile browser interface starting this Friday.
We are also excited about new possibilities for language communities using Google+. For example, someone learning Kiswahili by posing text-based questions to an online forum, can move to joining a live video tutorial with a group of speakers via Hangouts, while fully immersed using the Kiswahili language interface.
So what will you add to the equation? We invite you to +1 this post below, share it to Google Plus, and give it a spin by changing your primary language at www.google.com/settings/language.