Sometimes I come across use of technology that really blasts me away. This is a really cool concept, instant translations via twitter, if only the service was up more often. Imagine if we hooked this into a text to speech synthesizer as well:
Twanslate, although it does sound like a Tweety bird styled mispronunciation, is, in reality, a Twitter mashup for on the fly translations. It works quite well for when you’re lost in a foreign land and have nothing but your mobile on hand. Simply send out a message (e.g. ‘d twanslate bg [for bulgarian] Where is the nearest toilet?’) to the @twanslate bot, and you’ll be able to get yourself out of sticky situations in a bucket load of languages. The bot remembers the last language code you used, so if you’re still keen on using it, you can skip the language code in your next message. If you need some extra pointers, send out the message ‘help’.