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Yahoo's Flickr goes global

Photo-sharing site gets seven new languages

Yahoo photo-sharing website Flickr will today launch flickr.com in seven additional languages. More than half of Flickr members use Yahoo's online photo-sharing site in non English-speaking regions, but up to now they had to use the English language to access the site.

Flickr is a photo-sharing website developed by Ludicorp in February 2004 and acquired by Yahoo in March 2005. Yahoo claims that Flickr gets about 24 million visitors a month.

Yahoo and Flickr hope that with multiple languages supported, greater numbers of members will share, explore and discover the more than 525 million photos already posted by Flickr members.

Stewart Butterfield, Flickr's co-founder said: "We’re expanding our language support to connect those who may not speak the same language, but who share the same passions."

Flickr is also set to host a series of global community events starting this month in Berlin, Paris, London and Montreal.

Later on today, Flickr will unveil its '24 Hours of Flickr' commemorative online book. This project was set up to illustrate life around the world in one day. Members were encouraged to submit one photo taken on 5 May, 2007 to illustrate that day in the life of the Flickr community.

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