Facebook has unveiled a Spanish version of its social networking site, which will be the first of several foreign language versions to be introduced.
A software application made freely available lets users opt for Spanish instructions, alerts, news feeds and other information to be provided by Facebook throughout the site.
Current users who want to view Facebook in Spanish can change their language preference from their account settings and starting Monday, users who sign onto the internet in Spanish-speaking countries will automatically be routed to the Spanish version of the site.
It marks the first time since Facebook's launch at Harvard University in 2004 that the site will be available in a language other than English.
Facebook said it will introduce German and French versions within weeks.
More than 2.8m of Facebook's 64m users live in Latin America or Spain, according to the company, and a reported 1.4m are in France.
Translated versions of the site will also be available to Facebookers on mobile phones.
News Corp's MySpace already has national sites in more than 20 countries, offering versions of its site in Spanish, French, German and Italian, as well as a version for US Spanish speakers and another for French Canadians.
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