The 35-million member strong European social networking site Netlog has opened
its translation and localization capabilities to third-party developers. The
site's translation system allows nearly instant translation into 23
Netlog is unique among social networking sites in that it only accepts
applications offering "a clear added value" - refusing applications that force
users to leave the site, install the application or invite friends. "In order to
reach all of the 35 million Netlog members, applications needs to be localized,"
explained Lorenz Bogaert, co-founder and CEO at Netlog. "Using our translation
function, developers can reach their target audience almost instantly in their
local language - something other social networks fail to understand."
Three months ago, Netlog joined the OpenSocial initiative, which allows
developers on the platform to use a common set of programming interfaces on
social sites such as Orkut, MySpace, Yahoo!, Hi5 and Friendster. OpenSocial
makes it easier for developers to build social applications and for websites to
add more social features quickly. Netlog also announced it will give developers
access to its "credits economy," offering developers an alternative for