Interest in translation on social media is huge. Facebook’s translation page had 56,807 likes at the time of writing. Across Facebook and LinkedIn there are a vast array of pages and groups for those with a love of languages. Here we pick out some of the best to help you get the most out of social media as part of your translation career.
The best Facebook groups for translators
1. Translators and Interpreters (ProZ.com)
This is probably the best place to start. A community and networking site for translators around the globe, it has nearly 9,000 members, with an emphasis on providing the tools and opportunities for translators to work better, expand their businesses and have fun while doing it.
2. Translation Team2013
This is another handy group. Members share useful information and take a team approach to helping each other. The focus is on learning to translate, with posts including links to lectures, PowerPoint presentations and more.
3. Translation and Interpreting Group
This is another useful resource. The group welcomes professionals and students, providing an open forum for discussion and resource-sharing from around the world.
4. Translation events
For Russian speakers this is a great group with a strong social element. Details of events are shared by members, ranging from international conferences to local trips to the bowling alley.
5. Translation society
This is the place to be for speakers of Arabic. The group’s focus is on learning to translate, with information on courses, tips for novices and guidance as to the pitfalls to avoid when translating.
6. Things Translators Never Say
ProZ's most popular group in 2014 and 2015, Things Translators Never Say (TTNS for short) is the perfect place for freelance translators to share those things they can never say elsewhere, from ridiculous client enquiries to vents about the day's work. An essential resource for all freelance translators!
The best LinkedIn groups for translators
1. Professional Translators and Interpreters (ProZ.com)
Again, this is the place to be for translators on LinkedIn. The group delivers essential resources, services and networking opportunities to its members, of which it has upwards of 72,000.
2. Translation & Localization Professionals Worldwide
This is a popular group, with more than 17,000 members around the world. The promotion of new business through collaboration and networking is top of the agenda, making this an extremely useful resource for its members.
3. Certified Translation Professional Group: Translator Jobs, Projects, Tools, Networking & Training
This group is ideal for finding work and networking.
4. Globalization, Localization & Translation Job Board
This is another excellent resource for those looking for translation jobs.
5. Translator Jobs & Services: Powered by the Global Translation Institute
Again, this is a great group for those who like to scan the horizon for upcoming work.
6. Freelance Translators Lounge
This is the perfect palce to join your fellow translators for peer support, idea and resource sharing and business essentials.
Twitter for translators
Twitter is also a great place for translators. In fact, it’s so handy that it deserves an article all of its own. Check out our post on top translation hashtags for translators around the world to find out the essential hashtags that you should be using on Twitter to further your translation career.
Which other groups are great for translators and why? If you could pick just one group, which would it be? Share your thoughts via the comments.