Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: March 12, 2010

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Hello from all of us at the Hatena offices in Kyoto. This is Aaron with another issue of our weekly news blog -- thanks for taking the time to check it out.

Earlier this week we opened the Hatena Color Star Shop for all regions, and you can now purchase color stars for your Hatena account and add them to the Flipnotes and comments that you like. In addition, Flipnote Hatena Plus subscriptions are now officially on sale for users in the Americas and Europe and Oceania regions. You can also try out a free 30 day trial of Flipnote Hatena Plus if you'd like to see what it's all about. For more information about these new services please see the URL below:

http://d.hatena.com/flipnotehatena/20100310/1268223646

Recently, we've done a lot of seasonal themed ideas for the weekly topic, however this week we've decided upon something more general that we hope you will all enjoy (for more details please scroll down). If you have any ideas for topics that you think might be interesting for the weekly topic, please let us know in the Flipnote Hatena news Feedback box at the bottom of this page.

Also, if you have been posting Flipnotes about the weekly topic and they are not getting featured, here are a few tips for you:

  • Don't use copyrighted music, sounds or characters in your Flipnotes
  • Post something that's acceptable for a wide age range of viewers
  • Try to avoid being too dependent on spoken words or text, so your Flipnotes can be understood by viewers in different regions.

Unfortunately, many users are still posting Flipnotes to channel 8 that are completely unrelated to the weekly topic. We try our best to manage channel 8 and remove Flipnotes that shouldn't be posted there, however if you are a Flipnote Citizen you can help us manage the weekly topic channel too by unlinking Flipnotes that are not related. Likewise, you can also link Flipnotes to the weekly topic channel if you find any posted in the wrong channels, or that you think should be featured.

On a related note, we also added the ability to block specific users from posting to channels if they are posting Flipnotes that are unrelated to the theme of the channel. For more information please see the URL below:

http://d.hatena.com/flipnotehatena/20100310/1268222715

Lastly, our 2nd Hatena Featured Artist interview will be posted here this Wednesday, so please be sure to check it out.

Thanks from all of us on the Flipnote Hatena team, and we're looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes!


This week's featured Flipnotes

In this week's edition of the Flipnote Hatena news blog, we're going to show you some of our favorite Flipnotes based on last week's topic "Spring", and introduce our new topic for this week which is "Space".

If you post Flipnotes about the weekly topic, we might feature yours here on the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog next week and give you some rare color stars -- post your Flipnotes and join in the fun!

Lastly, scroll to the bottom of this blog entry to see Weekly Frog Sightings where we feature original frog photos and illustrations from users like you. Post your original frog photos to Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we might feature it here next week.


Read the Flipnote Hatena News blog in your language

Here is a list of the URL's that you can use to read the different language versions of this news blog:

Also, thanks to the help and support of MdM (id:MdMbunny) you can also read a translation of this blog in Italian, and id:Alex_BCN82 is now translating our blog into Spanish. Please be sure to check out the other language versions of the blog, since there are some differences between each version. It might be a good way to learn a foreign language too!

Also, please let us know any feedback you might have about our blog by posting your comments in the box at the bottom of this blog entry.


The best of last week's topic: "Spring"

As of today, there were 1,780 Flipnotes posted by users from around the world for last week's topic. We've selected some of the best Flipnotes from the past week which we hope you'll enjoy.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted by users for last week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

http://flipnote.hatena.com/ch/11538388468050284042

You can also see the Flipnotes for last week's topic posted from your own region by entering the command via "Command Search" from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi.


"Spring" Flipnotes from the Europe & Oceania region:

★ Flipnote by Ian (id:ianshaw33)

★ Flipnote by Homestar (id:Homestar-Runner)

★ Flipnote by Melonhead (id:MelonHeadSeb)

★ Flipnote by ☆Vocaloid☆ (id:blue-banana)

★ Flipnote by やDaniや (id:Danilson)

★ Flipnote by ryan lolza (id:killerz50)


"Spring" Flipnotes from the Americas region

★ Flipnote by Cooper (id:Giik)

★ Flipnote by Jude-M (id:dragonmam)

★ Flipnote by sacuL (id:sacuL)

★ Flipnote by angel face (id:angleface)

★ Flipnote by fruita* (id:fruitafruit)

★ Flipnote by €Spencr€ (id:DanHalen)


"Spring" Flipnotes from Japan

★ Flipnote by Gajumaru (id:serohanteeeepu)

★ Flipnote by Izumi (id:izumi-v)

★ Flipnote by direct fly (id:pbKpbK)

★ Flipnote by Yoshiki (id:yoshiki44)

★ Flipnote by Yoshitsune (id:ney73)

★ Flipnote by Yanda Riko (id:yamida-riko)


This week's topic: "Space"

For this week's topic we'd like you to post Flipnotes about anything related to space. Planets, stars, rocketships, aliens, comets, meteors, satellites... See what you can create based on this topic, and post it to channel 8 from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi.

We're looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes, and will feature some of the best ones next week here in the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog.

You can see all of the Flipnotes currently posted about this week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

http://flipnote.hatena.com/ch/11538370721099868875


Follow Flipnote Hatena on Twitter

We've started a Twitter account to keep you updated about the latest news and happenings at Flipnote Hatena.

Follow us at: http://twitter.com/flipnotehatena


Weekly Frog Sighting

If you are interested in having your frog photo featured in the "Weekly Frog Sighting" section of the blog you can post it on Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we'll choose the best ones and feature them here.

Please submit only original photos/illustrations that you have created yourself.


This is an illustration made by id:r0mer0 using the Hatena Oekaki drawing tool, one of the features of Hatena Fotolife, Hatena's online photo sharing service. Hatena Fotolife is only available in Japanese, for now.

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