Social Networking site Plaxo is expanding its global network of sites by using the technique member sourcing’ to produce its localisations. The nature of social networking applications and features renders traditional translation ineffective as many of the terms do not have equivalents in other languages. Plaxo’s approach involves a portal which allows users to suggest suitable translations, and then vote on the alternatives, with the most popular making it to the live site. This method enhances user experience by giving the site a local feel and delivering content that is appealing and relevant.
Plaxo’s Director of Globalization Regina Bustamante will be exploring this concept at the International Search Summit – Social Media in London on 14th May where she will look at the techniques the social network has used to increase its global presence and the benefits crowd sourcing offers international organisations.
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