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'Bridge' Closes the Language Gap on Social Media
By: Shalice Sherald
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Have you ever been on social media trying to figure out what is being said in other languages? I know that I have. Meedan, a technology company that builds digital tools for global translation, has developed an app called Bridge to solve this problem.

Bridge is equipped with intelligent tools to help users to rapidly translate social media posts. Meedan’s CEO, Ed Bice, told NiemanLab’s Joseph Lichterman: “We are addressing a problem that’s a flaw with the way Facebook and Twitter currently operate. Facebook and Twitter are not wired for human-generated translation at this time, so until then, until they get to that point, Bridge is a solution that allows us to take this content across language boundaries.” The app includes an editable dictionary so translators can look up words they don’t know and add in phrases and hashtags for consistency.

Meedan is working with a group of translators now, but there are plans in the works to develop a platform similar to TweetDeck. On that platform, users will be able to vote on the translations and the best will be highlighted.

With Bridge, we might become a little more interconnected in this social media world. Keep an eye out.

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Shalice Sherald is an artist from Detroit, Michigan. She's a person with passion for life, love, and HAPPYness. Love. Dream. Create.
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