(Updated) Exclusive: Facebook offers translation to users’ update

31 Aug, 2011

Update: facebook responded by saying that the new translation button is powered by Bing translation engin, meaning it supports all the languages the bing supports (about 50) For now, the button is visible only to people who have installed the translations app. If a human translation is also available, they show that, instead. The way it works is that the button shows below user generated content that is in a language that facebook thinks you don’t understand. For example, if you don’t know Chinese, facebook will show the button. In some cases, facebook does not necessarily know 100% if you actually do or don’t know the language. That depends on what language you’re viewing the site in, as well as a few other parameters. facebook is still working on additional things that it’ll implement as it assess the results. Also facebook is not launching this as a response to Google Translate for Google+ it has been on works for a while.

Facebook wants to make sure it does not become myspace and google+ the new facebook. Following Google move to launch a Chrome extention that translate users update and comments on Google+, The largest social network in the world has rolled out a new feature that enables users to translate updates in other languages. The following screen shot is of a user’s news feed who logged in using facebook english interface, facebook is offering to translate an Arabic update into English. (like Google translate the translation from Arabic to English is not so accurate.)

2 days ago Google launched an Chrome extension Google Translate for Google+, that using Google Translate, can automatically translate any post or comment into more than 50 languages. So Facebook is fast to respond.
We do not know what Facebook is using as a translation engine at the back end and to how many languages the feature is available, we will contact facebook and update you here.

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