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Facebook Launches Self-Translation App

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In order to make Facebook available in many different languages, the company could have paid dozens of professional translators rather large fees.  Instead, in what we’ll call an "accountant-approved alternative," Facebook has decided to involve its users and crowdsource the issue.

A new application called Facebook Translations allows people to suggest translations and vote alternatives up and down.  Or would allow them, anyway – the accountants may have pinched a few too many pennies, as the app isn’t in working order at the moment.Facebook Launches Self-Translation App

Still, we know it was running, because Rodney Rumford reports, "There are already 839 people translating the site to Spanish.  All for a whopping cost of ZERO Dollars."  And he offers several screenshots of Facebook Translations if you can’t get the link to function, either.

Once working, the app should make Facebook more accessible in a number of countries; this will likely translate into a large number of new users.  The project should, at the least, result in added dedication from its participants, since they’ll have something invested in the outcome.

On a less optimistic note, given its failures in English, we have to wonder how well Facebook can handle privacy issues in multiple languages.

Facebook Launches Self-Translation App
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  • Ion

    http://www.translationspal.com is a web-based, real time online translation service powered by human translators. The fact that human translators power it is the key. It aims to be a fast, low cost translation service, providing translations in all major languages provided by native speakers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all around the world. The site provides instant pricing that you can review online.
    It is easy to use and to price your next project

  • Drew

    Hi you should check out the new chrome extension that will translate your facebook and twitter feeds automatically: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/giljlmclogpacbccpelmggfcjnickhhf

  • Guest: Alan Yager

    Doug, I just received a message from a Turkish friend in what I assume is in Farsi of which I know nothing.
    Is there currently a way for me to get these messages translated to English? If there is, would you inform what I have to do?

  • Guest: Alan Yager

    Many people have not been successful in accessing my facebook pages, but I have no idea what
    website or person to contact about this. I’ve done a lot of facebook searches but nothing useful came up. IS there a site for reporting such problems?- please send me its name, if you know it.
    Also, is there any site we can contact to suggest sorely needed improvements?

  • http://www.bilingualworld.co Raquel Fernandez

    Great tag line about translating privacy issues.

    The app is an interesting alternative for members of the Facebook universe to learn translations, but does it differ in any way from other resources on the internet? Perhaps for some, it represents a one-stop shop.