Friendfeed added a bunch of translations (German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, and simplified Chinese) to their interface, but left Italian out.
Friendfeed is a sort of one-stop-shop social networking tool, providing a summary of all the traces left by a specific user in his online activity – blog posts, photos, videos, bookmarks. To a certain extent, is not so different from "the wall" on Facebook – but the overall impression is one of an open, lightweight tool. Perhaps less engaging, but safer for privacy.
That is why I’d really like to see it translated in Italian as well, not for my convenience (I can put up with an English interface) but because I’d love to follow more friends there (and finally get rid of my Facebook account). And, since Italians are not so good in foreign languages (according to Eurobarometer 243, it is not just a stereotype), a translated interface would remove an important access barrier.
Furthermore, as the title of this post suggests, it would not be a good idea for them to rely on Google language tools for automated translations (I guess "friend of birdseed" is not exactly what they meant).
[via Paolo Valdemarin‘s friendfeed]