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Flickr now speaks seven additional languages: French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. And, to celebrate its new multinational presence, flickr through a series of bub.blicio.us parties around the world. (read below for the details of the new rollout)
Justin Kan of Justin.tv, sporting a cool, new bolero hat in place of his trademark ballcap, and I headed over to Foreign Cinema in San Francisco to join the U.S. festivities. Thanks to Scott Beale of Laughing Squid for arranging our admittance.
This also marked the debut of our new channel on Justin.tv. Check it out.
It was very stylish and a little, let’s just say, more cocktail party rather than a Web 2.0 drink up. It was flickr al-fresco, with most attendees socializing in the outside patio, enjoying wine and artistic apps. The mood was intimate with candles “flckr’ing” in the background and a series of flicks projected on the huge wall at the rear of the patio.
Several PCs were placed for party goers to see the latest features and to explore flickr with the luxury of having a representative walk you through the new global community.
Stewart Butterfield was on hand to commemorate the special occassion and did so as if he were just a regular guy. Very approachable.
The party was well attended by some very important people driving Silicon Valley’s social economy. Most held a copy of flickr’s new book, “24 hours of flickr.”
The party list included:
Kurt Collins of Photobucket
Scott Beale of Laughing Squid
Nate Pagel of Podaddies
Yahoo’s Maya Baratz
Lindsay Blakely of Business 2.0
Eliane Fiolet of UberGizmo
Jason Fields of Snap
Jean-Baptiste Su, Uberpulse
Irina Slutsky and Eddie Codel, GETV
Megan McCarthy, Valleywag
Flickr is a global community of people and their pictures, and I’m a huge flickr geek.
This new rollout is one of the largest development projects in the company’s history, with tremendous coordination among the new Flickr team members and supporters around the world.
Changing languages is as easy as clicking on the links available at the footer of every page. It will remember your selection for the next visit, and it’s still all one global system, database, and community.
Picture from Wired, Credit to Lane Hartwell. Left to right: Yahoo’s Maya Baratz, Business 2.0′s Lindsay Blakely, Justin.tv’s Justin Kan, Brian Solis, and Yahoo’s Manny Ventura
For more on the subject, visit Valleywag and Wired.
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For more pictures from the party, visit Brian Solis‘ photoset on flickr.
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