Tuesday, October 21, 2008

English and localization

Since our website support English, user’s accesses come from all over the world such as USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Hungary, China, Thailand etc. Of course, it’s easy for everyone to understand images comparing to social media that culture plays big role. But if our website is written in Japanese, not so many people access to it even though they are full of images. So English is the important tool to communicate each other in the world. As I wrote before, there’re many nice web services in Japan, but people in other countries don’t know their existence due to no English support. I suggest new web service should support English so that it can have enormous users.

But I don’ think English become the language for all people that is used at daily life and world before the tower of Babel will never come. People also like to use web services that support their mother tongue. That’s why Google support many languages in the world, although I don’t know how many languages they do. Many languages should be supported if search key is other than English. We focus on search by images, but we also have a function to search images by keyword. So, localization is also in our to-do list in future.

Which language we should support next?

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