Google Translate comes to Google+ via a Chrome extension
Google+ just got Google Translate features thanks to a Chrome extension, the news of which was posted on Google+ by Josh Estelle of Google and shared by Robert Scoble. Scoble says that the feature ‘works great‘ and allows the translation of non-English content on Google+.
To translate a Google+ post, just click the inline ‘Translate’ button directly below each post. This will translate and highlight the text for you. The button will change to a ‘Show Original’ option to allow you to revert it back.
We’ve played around with the extension a bit and it definitely does work, offering the same quality of translation as you might get from passing a website through Google Translate. Which is to say, it works better sometimes than others and doesn’t translate context well. Still, the option is a very nice one to have and I love the inline positioning of it that allows you to toggle it on and off.
There are a few options that allow you to choose which language to translate the post into, the extension supports a bunch, what color you’d like the highlight and whether you’d like the option inline or activated via the extension button. You can access the extension’s settings by visiting chrome://extensions/.
The extension does not, however, allow you to translate comments, which would be a nice addition. Hopefully that will get added to a future version of the plugin or Google will just roll this functionality right into Google+.
You can download the extension here on the Chrome Web Store.
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