September 25, 2008 09:03 ET
hi5 First Major Site to Launch Language Translation Service on OpenSocial v0.8
Third-Party Developers Can Now Localize Applications for Users Around the World -- in Multiple Languages and Dialects
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 25, 2008) - hi5
Networks, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing social networks,
today announced the availability of a language translation tool fully
compliant with the recently released OpenSocial v0.8 standard. This
translation tool, available immediately, allows users around the globe to
enjoy a more seamlessly localized experience -- interacting in their
preferred language not only on hi5.com but when using third-party
applications available through the hi5 Platform as well.
For third-party developers, hi5's OpenSocial translation capabilities offer
un-precedented access to resources for localizing their applications.
Beyond providing an efficient language translation tool, developers can
leverage hi5's international community of both professional and
"crowdsourced" translators -- enabling rapid translation to a wide range of
global languages. Furthermore, any internationalized application that
conforms to the OpenSocial v0.8 standard can be immediately deployed on any
website that supports OpenSocial, saving time, money, code and now
"The availability of OpenSocial translation services on hi5 lets
third-party developers easily create localized, in-language applications
for millions of users around the world, increasing adoption and awareness
for many companies," said Akash Garg, CTO and co-founder of hi5. "hi5's
users also benefit because more of the applications and widgets on hi5 will
be available in their preferred language."
hi5 is the first major social network to offer translation tools through
the OpenSocial standard. The move furthers the company's goal of bringing
people closer together with the most localized and culturally relevant
social networking experience. This initiative, combined with the
introduction of hi5's community-driven translation program announced
earlier this year, provides users with a sense of collaboration, ownership
and involvement within the hi5 community, as well as the ability to
localize their online experience.
"Offering in-language versions of our applications is a key driver of user
adoption," said Jia Shen, CTO and co-founder from RockYou. "hi5's
OpenSocial translation tool lets us leverage the community, as well as the
OpenSocial platform, to accelerate translation of our most popular apps
into a wide variety of languages."
"As the leading music provider on hi5, we're excited to know that hi5's
crowdsourcing service would expand iLike's reach internationally, helping
music spread among fans from different languages, geographies and
cultures," said Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike.
In addition to localization leadership, hi5 continues to be a pivotal
member of the OpenSocial community, hosting close to 2,000 applications,
capturing over 68% adoption of users with one or more applications, and
experiencing more than 72 million total application installs.
About hi5 Networks
Headquartered in San Francisco, hi5 is one of the world's largest and
fastest growing social networks and mobile web networks. Our focus is to
empower our users to build and maintain connections between friends and
family online. With over 56 million unique visitors every month, hi5 is a
top 20 website globally and the number one social network in 31 countries
across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The service is available in
27 languages, delivering localized content and applications to users