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Facebook Connect Introduces Free Language Translation Solution

In a move aimed at helping web developers who wish to translate their websites in to different languages, Facebook has started offering a free tool called Translations for Facebook Connect

It will enable developers to translate their sites, applications and widgets with ease. It is important to note that Facebook itself has been using the application to translate its website into multiple languages since January 2008 and today Facebook is available in 65 different languages.

Facebook has even offered a demo on it site on how this tool can be made to work and it basically involves integrating the application within a site and then choosing the language that the site plans to support.

After that the web developer can connect to Facebook users and request their help to translate the site or start the translation task by themselves.

Explaining the rationale behind introducing the tool, Cat Lee from Facebook said that " As a technology and platform company, we believe services like this can serve as building blocks for a web driven by people, where you can connect with anyone or anything you care about, anywhere you choose and now in many different languages."

Our Comments

Great thing that Facebook decided to share such a tool with the developers. The social networking website knows that it must cajole developers to win their support and every little helps in this case. The translation tool could turn out to be a very useful one and it will be interesting to see whether Facebook launches other such tools.

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