As I’m writing my book, I’ve come to realize that a good portion of you that visit here speak another language. In fact, Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian), Facebook’s 2nd largest market (Indonesia, with over 200 million population), just so happens to have a high ranking in the readers of this blog as well, at least amongst those of you who are Facebook users.
There’s a little known fact about me that you may not know – I lived 3 years as a child in Indonesia, and, while I have forgotten much of my Bahasa Indonesia (as a kid, I could speak somewhat fluently), I do pick up some here and there and I thoroughly understand Indonesia’s culture and would love to have more of you Indonesian readers and visitors have a more comfortable experience on StayNAlive.com. I’ve wondered if it might be worth sending each blog post through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, pick a few of the top languages visiting here (including Bahasa Indonesia), and see if I might be able to have multiple versions, in multiple languages integrated into this blog’s design. Then I had a better thought – Facebook has its own crowd-source Translation product, Facebook Internationalization. What if I just used that, and allowed you, my readers to translate this blog for your peers and the translation could happen in any language, natively. There’s one problem though – there’s not currently any WordPress plugins that do this yet.
So I’m giving the idea away for free. Facebook has a whole slew of documentation on how to integrate Facebook Translations into a website. I’ll also be including a chapter about how to do this in my book, which I have to focus on at the moment. Because of this, I don’t have the time to write one myself, but I’d love it if anyone felt compelled to build a Facebook Internationalization plugin for WordPress that others could use. If you write one, let me know, let me provide feedback, and I’ll integrate it into the design of this blog and give you as much attention as you need to promote the plugin. If you know of such a plugin, let me know!
Auto-load on scroll plugin?
I have one other request. I think it’s a waste of time to have to click to the bottom of a blog and click again to go through past posts from that blog. I want my blog to work like Twitter.com, where if I scroll down, it keeps scrolling, auto-loading additional content the further I scroll. Is there such a plugin? If not, why not? That’s another plugin I’d promote heavily were it to become available.
If no one jumps to the cause, I may just build these myself when I get some time, but I thought I’d throw it out there in case someone wants a fun project to work on. I think they’re both pretty forward-looking plugins that would see a lot of use.