I've been using TweetDeck to translate foreign language tweets, but TweetDeck requires two clicks per tweet to call Google Translate and translate the tweet. Do any Twitter clients, web based or otherwise, have this feature?

  • Oh, man, maybe after all I can try and write you one :)
    – Slavo
    Jul 6 '10 at 15:45

10+ Tools to Translate Tweets in Twitter Automatically lists a whole bunch of ways to do this.


Something you could try is to go to http://translate.google.com and put in the URL to your Twitter page, telling it detect the language. I admittedly, though, am not sure if it will do multiple languages from a single page...

  • I tried. It detects one language per page and twitter wants authorizaton to view the following list, so entering the URL wasn't working. The google chrome addin seems to have the same problem - ie. it can only detect 1 language per page. Jul 4 '10 at 13:58
  • @matthew: yeah, was trying to get to go also but no dice. I thought that I had gotten it to detect a language in the middle of a different language at one point. I can't get it to go now either. Sorry!
    – squillman
    Jul 4 '10 at 14:09
  • Have you tried the individual tweet ?
    – phwd
    Jul 4 '10 at 15:16
  • @phwd: he didn't want it tweet-by-tweet
    – squillman
    Jul 4 '10 at 19:02

The twitter search web interface has this functionality already:

Translate http://cl.ly/1nr4/content

Clicking this translates all tweets on the page to english, or presumably whatever language you have set in your preferences:

Translated http://cl.ly/1nqe/content

It doesn't seem to be be implemented anywhere else on twitter though, which is a shame, and I can't find any way of getting your timeline as a search query to use this. I do hope this is rolled out everywhere at some point

  • Malicious file warning. Jan 9 '20 at 12:34

Use the Google Translate API. An example is in how to detect source language. Good luck!

  • The link now says "Deprecated". On 2011-05-26, Google announced that the Google Translate API had been deprecated and that it would cease functioning on 2011-12-01. Aug 21 '11 at 17:50

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