[I am CEO of Zooomr]
Over at the Flickr Blog today they are announcing that Flickr has localized into seven additional languages beyond English only.
“This is one of our most requested features and one of our longest standing ambitions, so it is thrilling to see it actually happen. Flickr is global community of people and their pictures, and we hope to better support our non-English speaking members in their languages, as well as their networks of friends and family in the future.”
In addition to English, Flickr has now added French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
Similar to Zooomr, in order to change localization on Flickr you simply click on your language of choice at the bottom of the page.
When asked by The Register as to why Flickr is only getting around to localizing now, Flickr Chief Stewart Butterfield was quoted as saying “There are two answers. One: we are stupid. Two: that we are late.” Butterfield later clarified that quote as a misquote in a popular forum on Flickr stating, “Stupid and *lazy*. Totally misquoted.”
Central to our development at Zooomr has been a belief that the world is truly a global place and that localizaitons make sense to expand the true promise of photo sharing to the entire world. We are pleased to see Flickr following Zooomr and offering additional non English translations to the rest of the world.
At present Zooomr has been localized in 18 languages and we hope to add more languages online very soon. We are finishing our conversions for our language files to Zooomr Mark III and hope to add another 10 localizations in addition to our 18 online within the next six months bringing our total language goal up to 28.