Friday, June 19, 2009
Google came out with an alpha service to and from Persian / Farsi today, and you may be wondering how best to make use of it. Here's how.
There is a lot of information being posted in Persian only on Twitter, and YouTube often has videos recently uploaded that are also in Persian only and thus aren't receiving the attention they deserve. A very easy way to help with this is to have a list of links that will go straight to common search terms, enabling English internet users to find content written in Persian alone. I've compiled a few links here that will take you straight to the search results for some of these terms; let me know if you want anything else added. Note that YouTube may claim that an error occurs when you click on the YouTube links but there are no errors that I can see. Finally, make sure to mouseover the content to check if it was originally written in English or Persian, as a lot of videos and tweets are in both languages.
Mousavi (موسوی) - Twitter / YouTube
Tehran (تهران) - Twitter / YouTube
Protest (اعتراض) - Twitter / YouTube
Ahmadi (احمدی) - Twitter / YouTube - Note: Ahmadinejad is often abbreviated as Ahmadi and the name itself is written with a space in between the two (Ahmadi Nejad) so Ahmadi alone will turn up both Ahmadi and Ahmadinejad.
Basij (بسیج) - Twitter / YouTube
Basiji (بسیجی) - Twitter / YouTube Note: Google is translating Basij and Basiji as "mobilize" so when you see that word it actually means Basij / Basiji.
Karroubi (کروبی) - Twitter / YouTube
Shiraz (شیراز) - Twitter / YouTube
Tabriz (تبریز) - Twitter / YouTube
Esfahan (اصفهان) - Twitter / YouTube
Green (سبز) - Twitter / YouTube
Qom (قم) - Twitter / YouTube
Rafsanjani (رفسنجانی) - Twitter / YouTube
Prayer (نماز) - Twitter / YouTube
Khamenei (خامنه ای) - Twitter / YouTube
Edit: someone has suggested Google News but it's not available in Persian yet (something else many have been wanting Google to do for a while) but here are some other options for the most recent news:
Balatarin.com (like Digg in Persian) - popular links / recent links --> also note that Balatarin has been operating a site called Tehran Broadcast where they are helping to translate material from Persian to English.
Donbaleh.com (another similar site) - popular links / recent links