On Thursday, Facebook will make that translation tool available to other sites. The new program is called Translations for FacebookConnect. It is free for developers, but Facebook hopes it will increase the use of the Connect Service.
It is being offered to 15,000 sites and applications that use the Connect service, which allows visitors to log in using their Facebook ID and password and broadcast some information back to their friends on the social network.
The tool works by inquiring possible translations of phrases by the user and then solicits the most accurate votes. For example a country’s tourism Web site can use the tool to solicit help with a translation, and then present the site to users in their native language when they log in using their Facebook ID.