We have just made available a new version of the TweetMeme Extension for Google Chrome. The extension is a way for you to take a little TweetMeme button all over the web with you to easily share any page you come across. It gives you at-a-glance realtime tweet counts for pages as you visit them in Chrome, and one-click tweeting of the page you’re on. It also benefits from TweetMeme’s enormous database of historic tweet counts stretching back many years.
In the new version, we’re pleased to announce the addition of automatic tweet translation. By default there is no translation of pages (your tweet will be in the language the page is written in), but you can now optionally force all tweets to be translated into a language of your choice from: English, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese (that’s English, Français, Italiano, Deutsch, 日本, Español, Português). We use the TweetMeme API to do the translation, which is in turn powered by Google Translate.
You can download the new version of the extension straight away from the Chrome Extension site. If you have it installed already, the update will roll out to you in the next few hours, or if you’re impatient you can go to the site straight away and it will re-install the new version for you!
I am also extremely pleased to announce that the source code behind the TweetMeme Chrome Extension is now open-sourced under the MIT license, and available for you to clone, fork and comment on at Github.
Open source code is an important component of building the latest web applications (you only have to look at the popularity of the Apache projects, open-source applications by various other social media companies, and many many other projects) and keeping the ecosystem active and developing, and we’re extremely happy to be contributing back to the community by adding this release to our existing open source projects.