Facebook now in Manx Gaelic

With a growing number of people communicating on social media sites through Manx Gaelic, the language has received a great boost with the creation of a basic Facebook template in the language. With assistance from Kevin Scannell, a computer science professor at St. Louis University in America, it is now possible to ‘like’ ‘follow’, find friends’ and much more through the medium of Manx Gaelic on Facebook. The script can be accessed at: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/127270  and works best with a Chrome Browser.

Adrian Cain, the Manx Language Development Officer, for the Manx Heritage Foundation commented that the increasing use of Manx on social media sites such as Facebook, Youtube and Twitter has been noted worldwide even resulting in a piece at Aljazeera.com which referenced the work of the Manx Language Development Officer and, in particular, Youtube site. http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/can-twitter-save-a-dying-language

Although the Facebook template is not exclusively in Manx enough of the interface is available in the language to ensure a strong Gaelic presence on the site. It’s hoped other sites such as twitter can also in the future be adapted to use some Manx Gaelic and that the on-line and global audience for Manx will continue to grow.

You can check out some on-line content from the Manx Language Development Officer at:

http://www.learnmanx.com/

http://twitter.com/greinneyder

http://www.youtube.com/gaelg

Crafty Cat is an Isle of Man company specialising in the production of Manx Cross-stitch kits in a series entitled ‘Around the Island in Cross-stitch’. Bringing you a selection of Manx Heritage News.

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