Unveiling Translations in the LinkedIn Feed: Keep in Touch with Your Global Community

June 28, 2018

We know how important it is for you to have conversations on the topics you care about with your professional community on LinkedIn -- no matter where they’re located in the world. As you make connections with clients who live in another country, co-workers located in a different office, or people you meet at global industry events, we don’t want language to be a barrier to helping you maintain meaningful professional relationships.

To help you keep in touch and understand all of the conversations happening in your LinkedIn Feed, we’ve now added the ability to see the translations of posts written in a different language. This has been one of the most requested features from all of you, and we’re excited to make it easier than ever to stay in touch with the people, companies, and groups you care about — regardless of the language you speak.

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Posts that are in a different language than you speak will now show a “See Translation” button within the LinkedIn Feed, the recent activity section on someone’s profile, and the post detail page.

We show you the “See Translation” option based on signals such as your language setting, the country you’re accessing LinkedIn from, the languages on your profile, and other factors. We then compare it to the language we’ve identified a post as having to see if you might need it translated. These translations are powered by Microsoft Text Analytics API, an Azure Cognitive Service, which also powers translations for Bing, Skype, and Office. And since Microsoft is continually improving translation quality, you can expect translations to get better and better over time.

The “See Translation” feature is available in more than 60 languages including Spanish, Japanese, and German to a majority of global members on desktop and mobile web. This feature will be coming in the next few weeks to the LinkedIn iOS and Android apps, and we’re constantly growing the languages supported.

Here’s to connecting people to opportunity — from all corners of the world!