Home hi5 Crowdsources Translations: Launches in 10 New Languages

hi5 Crowdsources Translations: Launches in 10 New Languages

Social network hi5 launched the first 10 of its user-driven translations today in a push to reach a wider audience. Even though hi5’s numbers in the U.S. are relatively low, it is already the third-largest social network worldwide and has a strong presence in Latin America and Europe. Just like Facebook crowdsourced some of its translations, hi5 also relied on its users to localize the user interface and to rate these translations. As hi5 supports the OpenSocial platform, developers will also be able to access these translation tools to localize their own applications.

The 10 new languages on hi5 are Catalan, Danish, British English, Finnish, Hindi, Macedonian, Slovakian, Spanish (Mexico and Colombia), and Swedish. Hi5 expects to support over 60 languages within the next 3 months, including Albanian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Maltese, Norwegian, Serbian, and Spanish variants for Peru and Venezuela.

Crowdsourcing translations is a natural fit for a social network. At the same time, though, it does come with some pitfalls, including a higher chance of inconsistencies and sub-par translations.

For a site like hi5, which has seen most of its growth outside of the U.S., being able to provide its users with a localized version is simply a smart business move. Facebook, after all, lost a lot of its potential market share to clones in some countries because it did not offer localized versions of its service.

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.