Google Drops The "Translated Foreign Pages" Search Filter

May 17, 2013 • 8:49 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google has dropped yet another search filter option from the search results. This one is named "Translated Foreign Pages," which has been a search option for a really long time in the Google search results.

A Google Web Search Help thread has Google confirming the feature has been dropped but Google said they do want to bring it back.

Here is the before and after of the search filter.

Before With Translated Foreign Pages:

Google Translated Foreign Pages

Now/After Without Translated Foreign Pages:

Google Without Translated Foreign Pages

Why was it removed? Hard to say, seems maybe a bug or something? Google's Kousha N. said:

This feature is currently unavailable, but we'd like to bring the functionality back in the future. I'll give you updates as I receive them, but for now there's no time frame for when that will happen. Thanks again for your feedback!

It is still a documented search feature on Google's help page.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

Update: It turns out this feature is not coming back. Google told us it was removed forever. Here is their updated statement in the thread:

The translate foreign pages feature is no longer offered. Removing features always involves tough choices, but we do think very hard about each decision and its implications for our users. You can still translate entire pages in Chrome. Streamlining enables us to focus on creating beautiful technology that will improve people's lives.

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Comments:

Jawad Latif

05/17/2013 01:26 pm

I never used this option

Miguel Angel Ramos

05/17/2013 03:37 pm

It affected foreign language websites that would only rank well after a user would use the filter.

Titty

06/12/2013 09:36 pm

Absolute idiots. Now how do you search for information in Japanese, Spanish or whatever country you are looking into? Google just want to cut off the non-English web because they can't monetise it. Fuck them.

Prof

04/13/2014 11:05 pm

This feature was useful for university professors to catch students using exact translations of pages in their papers.

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