"Translate this tweet" is gone from Tweetdeck, making it harder for me to retweet non-US tweeters I follow
— Paul Biba (@paulkbiba) August 7, 2014
I don't know about you but I'm not surprised to see it go; this was a feature which was never going to work well. A 140 character tweet simply isn't long enough to provide enough context for an auto-translate function.(Sure, a person can do it, but we're talking computers here.)
An auto-translate feature works well with longer pieces of text: articles, press releases, and blog posts. It doesn't work so well with abbreviations, slang, text-speak, and other informal language.
I've never used the Bing Translation in Twitter, but a few years ago I helped beta test an independent project to offer a similar feature. That project was based on Google Translate, and not Bing, and it proved less than successful. I eventually gave up on it because so many of the tweets were unintelligible; too much of the context was lost in translation.
I do still translate the occasional tweet, but in my experience I have often had to ask for a second translation from an actual person before I was sure that I understood the tweet.
Did anyone use the Bing translate feature? How well did it work?