If you're trying to reach a broader audience with your tweets, or with your digital content in general, there are a few new web tools available that should be able to help.
Twanslate will instantly translate tweets into Spanish, French, German, Japanese and a handful of other languages. Here's how it works: Step 1, Follow @twanslate on Twitter. Step 2, send direct msg like "d twanslate fr Where's the bathroom?" That's it!
ConveyThis is a website translation button that will allow your visitors to instantly translate your content into a language they can understand. It supports 50 languages and character sets.
CoverItLive is a liveblogging and live chat tool that lets you instantly interact with a large virtual community. One feature that often gets overlooked is the translate option. As live chats are taking place, you can click a button to translate the discussion into Spanish, French and a host of other languages.
To be fair, none of these translation tools work as well as an actual person who speaks both languages fluently. (And as a fluent speaker of a few different languages myself, I can attest to the fact that these websites and tools don't always work 100% well.) Still, if you're someone studying another language and actively using social media, sites like Twanslate and Mloovi can provide a great foundation for you.
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Amy Webb is a digital media consultant and head of Webbmedia Group, LLC. She has also launched Knowledgewebb, a new website for multimedia training. You can also follow Amy on Twitter and delicious. Webbmedia Group is a vendor-neutral company. Any opinions expressed about products or services are formed after testing, research and interviews. Neither Amy Webb nor Webbmedia Group or its employees receives any financial or other benefits from vendors.