Ayuda! Path turns to community for translations

Taking a cue from Twitter, the mobile social network is asking its users to help with translations for nine languages. 


Kris Holt

Internet Culture

Published Apr 6, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 6:54 pm CDT

Are you willing to donate a little time to help make your favorite Web community available in another language? If the answer’s “bien sûr,” Path wants you.

Path is a private social network for close family and friends. Despite being somewhat of a gated community, however, Path is looking to expand and reach more far-flung corners of the Earth. To do so, it’s taking a cue from Twitter and turning to its members for help.

The company has already heard from students, professors, travelers and programmers all eager to help improve its translations. Now Path has added a translation platform, allowing anyone to submit translations, edit available languages, and collaborate with others.

At the moment, Path is particularly looking for help in translating to Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, and simplified Chinese. Further down the line, Path also plans to translate into the likes of traditional Chinese, Thai Russian, Turkish, Malay, Dutch, and Greek.

Arabic is on the docket as well, though as we’ve learned from Twitter, translating into right-to-left languages can take a little more time than others.

That Path is looking for help translating into British English seems a little odd, though. Perhaps “smilebomb” doesn’t translate well in Blighty.

Photo by DonkeyHotey

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*First Published: Apr 6, 2012, 11:48 am CDT