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Facebook Quietly Adds A Translate Feature

by Mike Newton on April 8th, 2012

It seems that Facebook has quietly integrated translation features powered by Bing when no one was looking.

Just a short bit ago I loaded up Facebook and right on top was a post from an Italian friend of mine written, as one might expect, in Italian. I was about to cruise past it when I noticed written there below “See Translation”. Curious, I clicked it and this is what came out:

Translating foreign languages in Facebook posts.

Happy Easter to you too!

Just to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating, I went to check the profile of my Spanish friend and found the same result:

Translating Spanish and Portuguese on Facebook

Interestingly enough translating this post only translates the Portuguese words which are the same in Spanish.

However, it seems that this feature has yet to be implemented for Asian languages. The posts in Spanish and Italian that I saw were able to be translated, but my other friends posts Japanese and Chinese don’t have the option available.

The other caveat is that the general quality of translation can be a bit suspect (as with anytime you use online translators like Bing and Google).

In any case, I think it’s a neat addition!


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