Archive for August, 2008
In the category of being so obvious it’s a wonder it took this long for someone to do it (with a subcategory of “D’oh! I wish I’d done it first”) is Mloovi. Mloovi takes a web page or an RSS feed, runs it through Google’s translation tool, and gives you a permalink for the translated output. Mloovi also gets my vote for best Web 2.0 site subtitle: “beta (if it ain’t beta it ain’t web 2.0)”. I think I’ll adopt that as my personal motto.
So, if you’ve been dying to read RSS4Lib in French, Russian, Arabic, or Hindi, here’s your opportunity. (Mloovi offers translations between any pair of these languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
This tool will be very handy for me to keep up with the biblioblogging world that doesn’t happen to write in a language that I can read. I can also see it useful as a way to get publishers’ notifications, etc., where they are offered via RSS but inconveniently not in the language that the bibliographer speaks. Having permanent URLs for the translation, whether for a web page or a feed, is exceptionally handy. The feeds, I should note, have advertisements added as new items, noted with “ADVERT” as a prefix.
Mloovi also offers an iframe widget code; however, it only allows a single translation, not a choice for your users — unless you want to clutter up your interface with lots of buttons. Here, as an example, is the English-to-German translation of RSS4Lib’s feed:
Oh, and a note about the name: “mloovi” (actually, “mlooví,” with a long “í” — something impossible to render in a domain name) is the Czech 3rd person singular — he, she, or it speaks.
Addendum (12 August 08): Mike from mloovi.com pointed out in the comments that multiple languages can be selected in the widget — for example:
It was just a matter of time, but Bloglines has added advertisements to their site. When I went to read my feeds this morning, there was an ad for T-Mobile right on the starting page:
I’ve long wondered just where Bloglines was getting revenue to support itself — it didn’t make sense to me that IAC Search & Media, its owner, was keeping Bloglines running to make my blogreading life easier. So far, I haven’t noticed advertisements on individual post or folder pages. Could those be far behind?
Interestingly, the advertisement I was shown was managed by…. DoubleClick. Which Google acquired in March 2008. Now, it seems, whether you use Google Reader or Bloglines, you’re putting advertising dollars into the Big G’s pocket.