Ackuna, the free translation crowdsource application has recently started to pick up momentum amongst the tech community. Ackuna launched just a few weeks ago, and already it is generating buzz with articles featured in Mashable, Solid Gadgets and TPNTech.
Many people who have tried Ackuna have given it rave reviews as a viable alternative to machine translators such as Yahoo Babelfish or Google Translate.
While machine translators are incredibly popular, they have one fatal flaw: Machine translators often provide inaccurate and grammatically incorrect translations.
The creators of Ackuna knew that in order to provide accurate translations, other human beings need to be involved in the process. Adapting the same idea as Wikipedia, StackOverflow, and Quora, Ackuna’s success is based on the fundamental principle that people want to share their knowledge with others and help provide a community of learning.
Once you create a free account on Ackuna, you can post any text you need translated into any language. Other users, if they know that language either as a bilingual speaker, native speaker or translator, can help you out and post the translation. Other users can vote those responses up or down, or leave comments about them. For people who translate, there is a badge and ranking system so it encourages them to provide accurate help. You can also choose to follow members and create your own communities within the system.
Ackuna is helpful for programmers as well, as you can upload Excel or Strings files and the translations will be returned in the proper format.