Since launching our Translations application two years ago, more than 300,000 people have answered the call to contribute translations and make Facebook available in more than 70 different languages. These translators are helping more people connect in the languages that feel most comfortable to them, no matter how big or small of a community speaks a language or dialect. For all of their efforts, we think that translators deserve some extra recognition.
Today, we're launching an award system for translators where they'll receive special icons... as they reach various milestones in the Translations application. The awards are grouped into the following three categories, and their levels vary based on the frequency and accuracy of translators' contributions in such activities as translating words and voting on the best translations:
- Voting Participation
- Words Published
- Translations Published
We are starting with nine possible awards, but we will consider adding more depending on the feedback we receive. These new awards complement the leaderboard we previously put in place in the application to publicly spotlight top translators.
We would have never accomplished so much so quickly without the help of all of you who have contributed to translating Facebook. Since the first translation, we've grown to more than 350 million users on Facebook, with 70 percent of them now outside of the United States. We appreciate the hard work from all of you who've taken part, and we hope you'll enjoy translating even more with the new award system.
If you know multiple languages and haven't yet tried the Translations application, we encourage you to give it a try here. Your contributions make a big difference.
Eric Kwan, a Facebook engineer on Internationalization and a part-time pack rat, is collecting translation awards.