Facebook Announces Translation App for Developers

July 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Kicking off the Facebook F8 Conference today was the keynote speech by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The F8 Conference is a Facebook sponsored event for its developers to discuss and exhibit applications, updates and innovations on the Facebook platform.

During the keynote speech, Zuckerberg announced that the Facebook translation tool is now available for developers.  The Translation Application will allow developers to create Facebook Applications in the 15 languages Facebook supports.  The translation tool works both ways English – 15 languages and 15 – languages – English.  By transitivity through English, developers can now translate any of the 15 languages into each other.

From the press release :

“We opened Facebook Platform with a belief that community innovation can give people the tools, and the power, to share and communicate in ways that Facebook can’t build on its own. We’re humbled by what our developer community has accomplished,” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. “We’re confident that the changes we’re presenting today help developers build more meaningful social applications that enable users to share more information.” 

"As a result of the worldwide success of Facebook’s translation system, the company has opened up the Translation Application to any developer using Facebook Platform. Beginning today, any Facebook developer can make their application available in any of the 20 languages that are currently available on Facebook, with 69 more coming soon."