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As you're browsing through the comments that others have left on your favorite sites, have you ever come across a comment written in a language you don't understand? (We've seen a few of them here on the Social Web Blog.) Today we're introducing a new feature for the Google Friend Connect comments gadget that will help to address this problem: translations.

Now, if you see a comment in a foreign language, click on "Translate" in the lower left corner of the gadget and select your language. All comments that aren't written in your language of choice will be translated and highlighted in yellow. If you want to revert back to the original text, simply select "No Translation" from the same menu.


For the World Wide Fund For Nature, this is a great addition to their Earth Hour website. This global campaign, supported by 4,000 cities in 88 different countries, involves millions of people from around the world helping to conserve energy. Now visitors to the website can leave comments in their native language and use the translation feature to engage in meaningful discussions with the rest of the community.

Watch the video below to learn more about the comments gadget:


If you already have the comments gadget on your site, you don't need to do anything. This feature will automatically be added to your gadget. If you want to add a comments gadget on your site, go to google.com/friendconnect to get started. You can also learn more about this gadget and other Friend Connect features in the features gallery.

41 comments:

Tenkely said...

This is great! I have found several sites via GFC that are in different languages and now will be able to communicate more effectively with them!

Sérgio Estrella said...

And the Friend Connect in Blogger?

Blogger said...

This is awesome feature from Google. Now we can able to understand the comments of all users from different languages.

Thanks to Google.

robert said...

Is the translation link a parameter that we have to set (I don't see it when setting up the gadget), or does it happen automatically (it didn't when I tried a test post in French).

The translate link isn't showing in the comments (wall) gadget(s) on my site currently.

@Sérgio Estrella: You can use Friend Connect for commenting on Blogger by adding the gadget code (scope page) in the comment part of your template.

robert said...

Opps, missed the text under the vid'
I guess I just have to wait until changes percolate through the system.

I think they way the system works, which means that "early adopters" continue to see the new improvements which are added, is great.
Keep up the good work
:-)

sayang said...

Google Friend Connect Adds Translation to Comments Gadget. thanks for shared

Gustavo said...

For the content it's fine but I still miss the GFC interface translation in portuguese. Is there any sign of it in a near future??

Mendel said...

@Gustavo, we are working to make the interface available in other languages, so stay tuned.

Mikes said...

Amazing! Congrats!

JC said...

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Hasbullah Pit said...

Errr

Why suddently all msg disappeared?

Frank Polenose said...

Great idea this - happens all the time.

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swap,vinoth said...

This is great..i will use for http://contests2wins.blogspot.com/

Lissandro Dittmar said...

If you want to place the recomendation gadget in your blogger.com blog, read this:

http://blog.lissandro.de/2009/05/google-friend-connect-recommendation.html

its german, but easy to understand because of the pictures.

Administrator said...

Please add "bad words" inline filter to FC comments.

myObis said...

I am very interested in this "Comment Gadget" I'd like to use it "with ID" to allow users to comment each other's documents published on my website.. Then comes the problem of the moderation : As the site creator, I don't want to moderate them myself.. I'd prefer to let the document owners do it...

Ex :
- Albert publishes a Picture and allows comments on it
- Then Id insert a Google Comment Gadget with my internal unique ID of the Picture...
=> I'd like Albert to be able to remove unwished comments on his pictures. maybe even, blacklist unwished people from his documents.

That requires to securely save the list of documents Albert administrates and present him specific admin buttons when he views his own docs.

Is it something possible to achieve using maybe OpenSocialAPI ?

AIEEAlert said...

I really feel the lack of the power to be able to send message to all the members in my site... Having that as an option would increase the capability n strength of friendconnect many folds by allowing us to engage with our members I seriously feel....

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This Wonderfull . i will try it to my site http://www.leatherjackets99.com

Thanks Google

shoun said...

Its really nice. Thanks for sharing.

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saravana kumar said...

I am always connect with friends through blogger.nice post Thanks for Sharing

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ncomputing said...

i just knew google has friend connector from ur blog..

blog said...

Google Friend connect is useful for everyone to connect with the friends easily. It makes everyone to understand our feelings very well. I hope this kind of work will really improves the feature of this blog.
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genesis said...

This is great! I have found several sites via GFC that are in different languages and now will be able to communicate more effectively with them! klip izle

ncomputing said...

already add to my blog but no one follow me o_O

do i should invite them or wait to anyone that interest in my blog?

thoi said...

Ya.. It is a great job... we can translate and learn without help of others....
by thoi trang

spamcheg said...

I am very interested in this "Comment Gadget" I'd like to use it "with ID" to allow users to comment each other's documents published on my website. Then comes the problem of the moderation : As the site creator, I don't want to moderate them myself.

Sweet said...

GFC is really a cool feature to connect with everybody.. Its a good tool to increase interaction on your site itself.

We are planning it use it on our website too.

CV-iTalent said...

I believe that using comments correctly and fairly help everybody to find out more information about each other and I look forward to reading any further messages,

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RLM said...

Does blogger show up in the native language of the country its loaded from, or do they have a separate site like blogger.com.au?
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jatimjobs said...

Google Friend Connect Adds Translation to Comments Gadget. thanks for shared

In His Name said...

NICE, but how long does it take once you make a blog for it to get on Google

michael said...

This is a great idea from Google

rainy said...

A wonderful feature indeed.

Financial Advisor said...

This is great feature by Google...

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Rafael said...

This is really one of the best feature from Google. We are now be able to understand different language. Rock on, Big G!

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