Friend Connect goes îñţérñåţîöñåļ

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | 6:50 AM

Labels: , ,

Many of you have asked for it and it's finally here. With over 5 million sites using Google Friend Connect to awaken and strengthen their communities, we wanted to make it easier for those of you who prefer languages other than English to take full advantage of it. Today, we are happy to announce that Friend Connect is supported in 47 additional languages.



As a site owner, you can view google.com/friendconnect in any of these languages, which should make setting up your site much more intuitive. Better yet, you can now choose the language of your site (which can be different for each of your sites). Once selected, most Google-created gadgets and any translated third party gadgets on your site will automatically render in that language. This ensures that the Friend Connect gadgets are better integrated into your site and easily understood by your visitors. Visit the gadget gallery to see which gadgets are available in your language.


Friend Connect is now supported in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Oriya, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

Go to google.com/friendconnect to set up your site. Or if you're developing gadgets for Friend Connect, make sure to check out the documentation on localizing OpenSocial applications.

37 comments:

Ashley said...

That is amazing! I am thinking a lot of french and spanish students in the States are going to love this even more than the Babelfish Translator!

bloggeruser.com said...

Its really good that google is focusing and is serious for the regional level things.
I wish it expands more so that people can make optimum use of this.

Umarfaruk said...

I am Waiting for Google Wave

Jeyakumaran said...

Wow cool
Tamil also suported :)

Jack said...

Great :)

TweetNirvana said...

Tweet Tweet @TweetNirvana

badosa said...

Friend Connect now supports languages at site-level. But some sites are multilingual. Language shouldn't be an attribute of the site: it should an attribute of the gadget.

paster said...

What about international sites used around the world ? Should such sites create local domain in every country to use it? Is it possible to switch the lagguage via API?

Sami Shalabi said...

@badosa, @paster you can pass in the locale in the code snippet, eg.

google.friendconnect.container.renderMembersGadget(
{ id: 'your div id',
locale: 'ar',
site: 'your site id' },
skin);

badosa said...

@Sami: thank you very much for the (apparently undocumented) tip!

The wizzard and the generated code should be updated to support the locale parameter.

badosa said...

But wait a minute, @Sami... "locale: 'ar'" for Argentina? Is the value of "locale" a country? Or a language (for example, "locale: 'es-ar'")?

alejandro said...

ola sou brasileiro e gosto de fazer amizades

Pedro Lopes said...

What about solving the huge problem that friend connect has with IE? still doesn´t work properly!

Sami Shalabi said...

@badosa you should be able to pass in the locale as specified by:

language code
OR
language code + "_" + country

e.g. en = english, en_US = english (US)

The full list of language codes can be found here:
http://ftp.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/http/related/iso639.txt

Country codes can be found here:
http://userpage.chemie.fu-berlin.de/diverse/doc/ISO_3166.html

なかじまん said...

Great!

I chose Japanese as a site language. However, I want to detect the language automatically.

Can I choose the setting of the automatic discovery? I looked for it, but setting is not found.

SVBillabong said...

How do I shut it off? I'm in Turkey and I can't read your FC menus anymore!!

auto-detect is fine.. but how to I set or change the default language? It doesn't seem obvious from the menus!!

Thanks

なかじまん said...

I'm afraid my expressions may be rude or hard to read, because
I'm not so good at English. But please, please be patient! I will try
hard to learn English!

> However, I want to detect the language automatically.

I want to use the automatic detection by Accept-Language header.

AIEEAlert said...

That's great news for we the Indians.. So many Indian languages included... Thank you sooooo much :)

hope we will get the option to send a message to our members as site admins too....

or else, its just turning out to be more and more and more members but no use or interaction at all....

Mendel said...

@SVBillabong, to change the language, log out of your account and then go to google.com/friendconnect. Then select your desired language from the menu in the top right corner of the page. To change the language of gadgets on your site, log into your account and click on the "Site settings" tab. From there, select your "Site Language" and then click "Save and test".

@なかじまん, Friend Connect gadgets are intended to match the language of the content on your site, so there is currently no setting to automatically detect the language of the visitor.

SVBillabong said...

@Mendal,

On other sites it is still in Turkish..

Even after logging in and out!!

Сяржук Пятроўскі said...

Belarusian language, please!!!

ScintillaSoft said...

www.friendzconnect.com

Sami Shalabi said...

RE: automatic language detection.

We hear you all loud and clear. We will be pushing this feature out shortly.

FISHING SPOT CASTING said...

Thats great information and so useful if any question you can visit my blog on Fishing spot casting

なかじまん said...

@Mendel Thank you for comment.

A site language is locale of site owner, locale of viewer do not apply. I want to the option that locale of viewer is applied.

I wait in hope of it.

turan07 said...

what if my site have visitors are international? how can i change the language by looking the visitor's location?

Sami Shalabi said...

@なかじまん @turan07 Thanks for the suggestion. We will be pushing this feature out shortly.

Okoli Patience said...

Thanks to be among the winning team. It is really good to become one of the friend connect. Keep it up.

offshoreoutsource said...

Its really amazing feature....and it will surely be helpful for me

Mendel said...

RE: automatic language detection

This feature is now live. Simply select "Automatic" as the Site Language on the "Site settings" tab.

なかじまん said...

@Mendel Thank you so much.

Topin.travel Team said...

Cool - why, however, does Friend Connect NOT show up in the "my products" section within the google account?

whatissuitetabu.com said...

Great to meet everyone please follow us on twitter @Suitetabu and visit us online at whatissuitetabu.com . We'd love to CONNECT so our blog whatissuitetabu.blogspot.com

David Jr said...

Hello everyone, wow, I didn't know of this site until someone visited me from here. I guess it is a great site!

By the way, I blog about my personal travels around Malaysia and Asia so feel free to visit my blog anytime!

Regards,
David
http://www.jrhogan.blogspot.com

Apit said...

Really great to connect with friend

محمد طریقی Mohammad-Tarighi said...

Es freud mich sehr ,dass diese Seite gibt. Aber ich kann nicht die Persische Sprache hier zu finden. Bestimmt sind viele Perser, die doch hier etwas veröffentlichen möchten bzw. miteinander kontaktieren. Wie kann das gehen?

Freedom said...

I can't add you'r HDML to my site
it say :Your HTML either contains unsafe tags (iframe, embed, styles, script) or extra attributes. They will be removed when the page is viewed!