I noticed Facebook’s offer to translate text into English for the first time today. Most foreign script that shows up in my newsfeed is Hebrew, so the language offered my first opportunity to test the feature out. You know how it can be fun to press buttons.
Here’s the status I chose for a guinea pig:
רוצה כפתור בפייסבוק למחוק סטטוסים מפגרים שאחרים כותבים
Here’s how Facebook translated it (with the help of Bing):
In case you can’t read Hebrew and think the bonus word might have some basis in the original text, here’s Google’s translation:
Facebook button to delete statuses retarded others are writing
And while we’re at it, it would be nice if there was a Facebook button to delete terrible translations.
Also, interesting to note Facebook offers the Translate option for Hebrew, but not yet for other, more commonly-spoken languages like, say, Português. Could just be harder to tell
Anyone else notice the Beacon headline didn’t have a question mark?