After much anticipation in certain circles, signs suggest the Pinterest website will very soon be available in Spanish.
We’ve noticed some new language options appearing from time to time on the Pinterest site since around 5pm PST on 31st May. We’re not yet seeing them there consistently.
If the changes do go fully live, users will have a menu allowing them to select between English and Español (América).
Pinterest appealed in a blog post on 2nd May for volunteers to help them translate the site into other languages. Spanish would be the first language to emerge from that process. With 360 million or so native Spanish speakers around the world, supporting the language could only help Pinterest gain in popularity internationally.
French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish were named as the first languages the translation efforts would focus on, with the hope of “many other languages soon including Dutch, Greek, Italian, Korean, Malay, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, and Turkish.”
We’ll be keeping an eye on the site to see when the Spanish version becomes available to everyone.
Update 1: We’ve noticed that Jane Wang, the most-followed Pinterest user (2,984,651 followers right now) and mother of Ben Silbermann (Pinterest CEO and co-founder), has been posting a lot about the Spanish language and Spanish themes lately. Four of her six most recent pins have been on the topic. Just a coincidence?
Update 2 (June 4, 2012): As we predicted, the Spanish option is now live. (Announcement from the official Pinterest blog here.)
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