Metro’s Twitter Goes Bilingual

Your ATM does it. Your kid’s toys do it. Even Disneyland does it.

Now, Metro joins the club by tweeting in both English and Spanish. That’s very nice of them, unless you don’t want to read the exact same update twice. The tweet pictured above popped up this morning – four minutes after an identical update in English. Nobody likes a repeater. Nobody likes a repeater.

Maybe it’s time for Metro to run separate accounts?

Tal vez es hora de metro para ejecutar cuentas separadas?

8 thoughts on “Metro’s Twitter Goes Bilingual”

  1. I don’t twitter. I’m pretty boring so twitter is pointless. Though I do watch what the rest of you do via here or facebook. Its sorta 2nd hand stalking.

  2. i think that they should have a second twitter spanish account.

    i for one dont care to have double the spam.

  3. Doesn’t having a twitter account scream that you want to be annoyed by pointless messages? Isn’t that all people do on Twitter is send stupid messages half of which no one reads and a quarter of which make no sense?

    Twitter is the emperor has no clothes most pointless technology of the late aughts.

    So what I’m saying is what’s one more pointless message in a sea of pointless “I saw a really interesting blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…”

    Who cares? If Spanish hurts your eyes then press a button.


  4. You’re mostly correct, Browne. Twitter is full of pointless messages that often times make no sense.

    But you only subscribe to the accounts you want to keep up with – so if you don’t want to read what someone has to say, just don’t subscribe to their feed.

    But, practically speaking (and in all seriousness), since you can choose which Twitter feeds get sent to your cell phone as a text message, it does make sense to have a seperate feed for Espanol. It would be annoying for your phone to buzz with duplicate messages, and for people without unlimited texting plans, also cost an extra dime or so per message received. Since setting up additional accounts and sending tweets are free (unless sent by phone, in which case your carrier may charge), having a separate account would simply make sense and also be more cost effective.

  5. DM,
    Your serious explanation seems silly. I’m on Jason Burn’s tweet stream and he’s had around 40 tweets since Dec 30, including wise nuggets like “I miss Christmas”, “I love my mechanic. I just wish I could understand his English”, “Taco Bell. Do not judge me.” and “Hello refill.” I know I can unsub at any moment, but the non-stop stuff is part of the purpose no? For him to get his panties in a bundle because the Metro people translated the tweet to the language of more than half the people in this city, is kinda retarded. Maybe they should have multiple tweet accounts but this kind of approach seems to come from a negative and anti-Spanish perspective, not at all construcive.

    Spanish speakers are a majority in Los Angeles, get used to it.

  6. Huh? Negative and anti-Spanish perspective? How so?
    I’m subscribed to a large number of tweets, many entirely useless, and I regularly delete subscriptions because I find them annoying. Personally, I don’t care if Metro double posts because I don’t receive the messages via text… just online. But for those who receive via text at .10 a pop… or hear their phone buzz each time they get a new tweet… I don’t see any logic whatsoever in having a single Twitter stream sending out tweets in multiple languages. There is zero need on any level.

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