Breaking: Google Friend Connect Now Supports 47 Additional Languages Including Arabic

14 Jul, 2009

Update: localize your current member gadget, at the end of the post.

Google Friend connect, which aims to bring the social world into all over the web, has just announced adding support to 47 additional languages including Arabic. In a blog post, Google disclosed that Friend Connect currently has over 5 million sites using it.

Google Friend Connect enables site owners to add a widget to their website with no programming, which enables site visitors to join the website community using their existing login user name and password in gmail, AIM, Yahoo, netlog or Open ID (facebook was included but later blocked by facebook.) With Friend connect members can add friends,  invite others, and post comments. Site owners can also add other related widgets that Google calls Social Gadgets which add more social interactivity to their sites, while third party developers can add their own apps using Google Open Social. AC has a Friend Connect community like this one:

With this announcement, site owners, can view Google Friend Connect in any of the newly supported languages, and can now choose the language of their sites (which can be different for each of the owner’s sites). Once selected, most Google-created gadgets and any translated third party gadgets on your site will automatically render in that language.

Bravo Google especially for Adding Arabic, however I’ll do some testing of the new Arabization in a bet and update you here accordingly.

Friend Connect’s newly supported languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Oriya, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnames.


Sami Shalabi, Member of Technical Staff, Technical Lead, Google Friend Connect, provided me with a nice tip in to how to add your local languages interface to your existing community without the need to add a new website, which means keeping your current members list in your local version of your website/blog’s Friend Connect member gadget:
In the English site Members gadget copy the code to Notepad or an editor and look for this at the last 3 lines of the code:

{ id: ‘div-9188267932036459790’, site: ‘00193849901959833007’ }, skin);

Before site add= locale: ‘ar’, so it becomes=

locale:’ar’, site: ‘00193849901959833007’ },

‘ar’ is for adding Arabic, so if you want to add French add ‘f’ ‘fr’ instead of ‘ar’ for Spanish add ‘sp’ ‘es’, or use your language abbreviation to add.

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  1. Laith  |  July 14th, 2009 at 5:36 PM #

    google is trying to catch with Facebook features , this is something that MS wanted to do about 10 years ago and it did not catch up, only Facebook can make it worthy as it provide platform to show off if you use it.

    Facebook play to the simplest of our needs. thats why its successful

  2. Mayooresan  |  July 14th, 2009 at 6:26 PM #

    Wow.. Cool!
    Thankz for the news. Gonna put a update in my site too 🙂

    My native language TAmil also supported 😉

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