Update 2013-04-07: This resource is no longer online, and the article itself has been left for archive purposes after removing dead links and deleting its inclusion in Free Language Directory lists.
MeGlobe is a web-based instant messenger client with realtime translation into 14+ languages. This Jabber-powered tool lets folks chat interlingually. Users are encouraged to help improve the translation engine's algorithm by suggesting better translations when things fall short.
Languages currently available with MeGlobe.com IM/translation client are: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
In addition to Jabber, MeGlobe leverages other Free Software projects to build their foundation: Drupal (main site), MediaWiki (help wiki), phpBB (forum). Somehow they managed to get all these working together with one account in Drupal! Nice :)
MeGlobe™ was built to diminish language barriers from online communication. Our free web client lets you type in your own language, but sends a translated version, in real time, specific to the native tongue of whomever you are chatting with. With MeGlobe™ there is no such thing as 'lost in translation.'
Signing up is quick, easy and FREE. Just click on "Signup," give us some basic info and you're ready to start chatting with people all over the world. No downloads are required, you don't need to install anything and you can use MeGlobe™ from any computer with a browser and Internet connection.
We live in a highly connected global village. Isn't it time we take language out of the equation so we can talk to our neighbors?
We don't throw the word beta around because it's "cool." The fact is, machine translation just isn't ready for primetime. Human-2-human (H2H) interaction, ie chatting with a native buddy from Uzbekistan about last night's rerun of Baywatch just isn't feasible…yet.
Every time you send a message on MeGlobe's™ network you have the opportunity to make our translations better. When you notice that a translation on MeGlobe™ is a little off, let us know by "editing" the translation. Your buddy will immediately see the corrected translation and at the same time you are contributing to our knowledge base.
These contributions are used to teach MeGlobe™ to become a better translator. Every correction from the community brings us closer to our goal of erasing the borders of language.
Creating a universal translator has huge potential, but requires lots of work. By no means has it been perfected, but with your help we're getting better every day.
Put simply, MeGlobe is an instant messaging web application on steroids. While traditional IM tools like Gchat or AIM let you connect with friends, MeGlobe lets you chat online with people even if they don’t speak your language.
MeGlobe is powered by Jabber software, often referred to as "the Linux of instant messaging."
If you ever notice a translation is wrong, you can edit it by clicking the square in the chat box. Your correction will help our algorithm learn the correct translation, so you won’t have to make that edit again.