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Friday, January 09, 2009

Moviestorm goes abroad

Most Moviestorm users are British or American, and sometimes it’s easy to get locked into thinking of the English-speaking world as all there is.  But it’s great to see how many users we’re picking up from around the world, and what they’re doing with Moviestorm.

In France, Alain and the rest of the team who did the French site for The Movies, TheMovies.fr,  have opened their community to Moviestorm users as well as The Movies users.  We’re also seeing a number of movies on the site from Francophone film-makers such as Melopee (who I think is actually Belgian).

We’re seeing a growing contingent of film-makers from Germany.  There’s a prototype German version of Moviestorm which we’re testing out with some schools and youth centres in Austria.  Supporting multiple languages is quite a challenge for a small team, especially for something as text-heavy and specialist as Moviestorm, so it’s been an interesting learning exercise for us.

In the last week, we’ve seen a huge influx of Arab-speaking users.  Many of them seem to have come from Arabsgate, where one of the users has done a superb job of creating Moviestorm video tutorials in Arabic. If you’re interested, here’s the first one, and the link to the rest of them is here.  I don’t know who to credit with this, but these are fantastic work, and thank you for stimulating such interest.

And last, but by no means least, here’s a novel use for Moviestorm from Portugal.  A Bola, the largest sports newspaper, is using Moviestorm to create sports reports for their Web site. As a print organisation, they don’t have TV presenters on the staff, so virtual presenters make an alternative way to go. It also enables them to create content fast, cheaply and quickly.  Great work by Jose Guedes and his team.

It’s really heartening to see that Moviestorm has such international appeal, and we’re truly grateful to those of you who have put in the effort to help bring it to people who don’t speak English.  We’d like to extend our warmest welcome to you all, wherever you come from. 

If there are any other non-English-language Moviestorm communities out there, please let us know - we’d love to say hello! 

I would close this post off with welcome in many different languages, but my Arabic is almost non-existent, so I won’t.

(1) Comments | (0) Trackbacks | Permalink | Posted by Matt Kelland

(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/14 at 06:06 AM

While I’m quite happy with the English language version of Moviestorm, I’m sure lots of my French neighbours would love a French version.  I’d be happy to spend a bit of time helping out with translation into French.



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