New in Google Friend Connect: Comment Translation Gadget
Article by George Norman
On 08 May 2009
Google Friend Connect, the online service that the Mountain View search engine giant has developed in order to allow internet users to connect with their friends on various websites, has received a very useful new feature: comment translation. The translation feature applies to Google Friend Connect’s translation widget and the way to works is pretty self explanatory – it translates comments from on language to another, because not everyone in the world speaks English, regardless what Hollywood thinks.

Product Manager with Google Friend Connect, Mussie Shore, comments: “With Google Friend Connect, we want to empower any website to awaken their community, even if the site owner doesn't have the technical background or the time to build social features from scratch. Today we're launching an enhanced comments gadget. With this gadget, visitors from all over the world can leave messages in their native tongue, and other viewers will be able to instantly translate these comments into the language of their choice.”


The simple truth of the matter is that the internet is a worldwide thing, and as such people from all over the world, speaking a multitude of languages, can visit your web page. While I will admit that most of them dedicated Internauts are familiar with the English language, some of us would much rather use our native language. And this is where the translate widget comes in.

Mussie Shore again: “This comments gadget offers users a new way to engage in more meaningful discussions, regardless of what language they speak. The comments gadget is just one way Friend Connect can help webmasters foster deeper interactions between site members.

In related Google news as well as related comments news, it must be said that the commenting feature in Google Reader has been enhanced – and by that I mean it is now a friendlier social networking platform (details here).

A video presentation of the Google Friend Connect translation gadget is available here.
If you would like to get started with Google Friend Connect, or get additional details on this Open Social application, just click here.

Tags: Google, Friend Connect, Translation, Comments
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