Retweet Button Now Multi Lingual And Translates Retweeted Stories In Many Languages Including Arabic!

16 Jun, 2010

Tweetmeme has been an innovative startup, its Retweet button that allows people to Retweet any story  ( repost to their Twitter stream) has been installed  according to the company by over  200,000 websites ( we are one of them.)

Just about now I tried to reweet an Arabic story and found out the tweet is tranlsated into English like this:

This is annoying because the content is in Arabic and I want to tweet  Arabic posts in Arabic not in English where non Arab speakers who follow me or other users on Twitter would click on the link, thinking this is an English post but come to see Arabic text that they can not read,  as tweetmeme bit.ly links do not use google translate to translate the whole post . Which I hope this won’t be the case in the future since Google translate has a horrible Arabic to English translation.

So I think the best way is to disable translation of post title by default but allow users to get translation it if they want to. As for now user can pass this non sense translation by clicking English to Arabic in the REtweet popup.

Nevertheless the new good thing of the new Retweet buttons is that they are now translated into 7 languages English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese. Tweetmeme  says that they will open a new section to crowed source translation into other languages.

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  1. Nick Halstead  |  June 16th, 2010 at 10:45 PM #

    Hi There,

    It is only a single click to revert the translation – you click on the arrow to revert it back to the original. But if this is not obvious then we need to have a re-think!

    The language translation also only occurs if your browser is set to a different language – so I am guessing it is set to English for you?

    Thanks,

    Nick

  2. Gaith Saqer  |  June 16th, 2010 at 10:48 PM #

    yes it is set to English many users in the Arab world have it this way. People do not see the click and they are lazy to hit another click they do not bother to test clicks around. So please make the post title tweets the original language by default but allow user to hit translate.

    Thanks Nick.

  3. Everfluxx  |  June 17th, 2010 at 2:51 PM #

    Totally agree with you, bro.

    I didn’t even notice the translation options the first two times I used the RT button with the new auto-translate feature, so I guess it’s not very self-evident…

    Either way, “Hey, it only takes a single click to turn it off!” is no excuse for annoying users: the folks at TweetMeme should always bear in mind that their competitors are just a click away.

    BTW, could somebody please explain why I’m seeing a Japanese RT button on top of this post? Here’s my browser’s language header:
    Accept-Language: it-IT,it;q=0.8,en-US;q=0.6,en;q=0.4

  4. Gaith Saqer  |  June 17th, 2010 at 3:15 PM #

    Thanks ever, the button on the right of this post is an image from tweetmeme blog post about this new release , the real Retweet button is on the left do you see it in English?

  5. Everfluxx  |  June 17th, 2010 at 3:26 PM #

    Yes, I do. :) Sorry, that image just misled me. LOL

  6. Gaith Saqer  |  June 18th, 2010 at 4:54 AM #

    hehehe it is ok mate :)

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