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As has been long expected, Facebook has begun to work on making its service available in multiple languages as it expands internationally–and it’s doing so by utilizing the power of its millions of users by enlisting them to volunteer a few minutes. The site has spent the past few weeks asking international users to participate in the process by installing a “Translation” application that lets them translate words on Facebook from English to their native languages. It only applies, of course, to Facebook-generated text; anything entered by users, like interests or favorite movies, remain as-is.
The Translation application is initially available in French, Spanish, and German, and Facebook has said that thousands of users have enlisted in the process and are “actively translating.”
But it’s more complicated than that: “This doesn’t mean that once a user has finished translating the site will be available in that language,” a release from Facebook explained. “In order to get the best possible quality translations, we have a voting system. Other translators of that language will be able to vote on the quality of the translation by giving it a thumbs up or thumbs down. Users are also able to report any poor translations or translators.” Essentially, Facebook has prank-proofed the system.
Full versions of Facebook in French, Spanish, and German will be available, ideally, before the end of March; when those are complete, the next set of languages (which have yet to be determined) will enter the translation process.
A handful of other social networks already offer a variety of languages based either on personal preference or geographic location. Friendster, which is popular in Asia, allows its users to toggle back and forth between English and Chinese; MySpace operates more than a dozen international sites with both language and content targeted toward the culture in question.
Looks like MySpace is working on a gaming portal. The URL for this page is games.myspace.com. This could be a hit if the games are less like the ones you can find on other casual game destinations (Yahoo Games, for example) and more like Facebook app games with a stronger social component to them. Social advergames on MySpace would also be an interesting ad channel.
There are plenty of Flash games out there for MySpace users to embed already, but I haven’t seen any that let you play with your friends.
Oh, and to the readers of this blog: I just got back from a vacation with no internet hook-up, but now we are back to our regular programming.
MySpace’s growth may have peaked. Annual page views for the social network fell 7 percent from December of 2006 to the same month in 2007, according to the latest site rankings from comScore — the first time the site’s page views have declined year-over-year. And MySpace saw a 9 percent decline in page views from November to December as well. Facebook’s star, on the other hand, appears to still be rising as its year-over-year growth came in at 43 percent, despite a 12 percent decline from the prior month.
In terms of the number of unique visitors to each social network, however, MySpace is still in the lead, with almost twice the unique visitors as Facebook in December, but only a 12 percent year-over-year rise. Facebook didn’t make the top 10 sites when measured by unique visitors, but comScore data shows that the number of unique visitors to Facebook grew 81 percent from the same month last year.
While page views were down overall by 2.8 percent from the month prior, some sites, such as Google and Craigslist, experienced year-over-year gains that blew those of other top sites out of the water. Google’s page views were up 76 percent while Craiglist’s soared 119 percent over the year before. Google’s notable annual growth in page views is more proof of the search giant’s impressive 2007.