Facebook recently organized their first ever 24-hour hackathon at Georgia Tech - the first of a total of 5 such events at campuses across the USA. Check out www.facebook.com/camphackathon for pics and more information. These scripts constitute what I, Nadu, Manohar and Params came up with as our hack submission.
Note: This is, quite literally, a hack! It may not work perfectly, if at all! We can't be held liable for any weird translations you think you might be seeing in your news feed!
On a more positive note, we do plan to try and polish and clean up the scripts so things can only get better.
Google has a pretty neat transliteration service that works with a bunch of Indic and other languages. They also have a translation service. Both are free and can be accessed via Ajax APIs.
Our hack was to let millions of multi-cultural Facebook users take advantage of these services with simple scripts for Greasemonkey. So you can now type away and see your text automatically get transliterated!
And when you come across posts from friends who've been using our script, you can figure what it is they're saying, even if you don't speak their language!
To use the Greasemonkey script with Firefox, you'll need to install the Greasemonkey extension; Chrome 4 supports Greasemonkey scripts natively. Once you've done that, download the scripts (
Once the script is installed, you'll need to refresh any Facebook pages you may already have open, but other than that, it will load automatically.