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A few days ago, Facebook quietly announced that its crowd-sourced translation tools, which have enabled Facebook to be translated into over 70 languages entirely by users, have been added to Facebook Connect. Over the last year, many developers have been using Facebook’s translation service to enable users of their apps to do the same. Now, any website owner can let users translate any content on their site using Facebook’s interface and moderation tools. Does this mean we’ll see Facebook becoming an increasingly popular translation layer for Connect-enabled websites?
First, it’s important to take note of just how important Facebook’s translation service has been for its own growth.