Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: May 7, 2010

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Hello from all of us at Hatena in Kyoto, and welcome to this week's edition of our news blog.

The Flipnote team is now back from 5 days off from work and we're refreshed and recharged, and busy making some fun new stuff for you. We've been releasing new Creator's Rooms themes every week for the past several months, but since we were out of the office for the past few days we were not able to add any new ones this week. Hopefully we'll have some new themes available soon.

Recently, some Flipnote Hatena users have been contacting us about Black stars and wondering if they exist or not. The words "Black Star" appeared in the Japanese version of the Flipnote Hatena news blog about 2 weeks ago, and some people got excited about that thinking that we'd added some new types of color stars. Unfortunately, the truth was lost in translation, so I thought I should explain what a "Black Star" is.

In Japan, the Creator's Rooms themes have names, and the bonus theme that you could earn for exchanging 2 themes during the Color Star Exchange opening campaign was called "Black Star" (Hatena doesn't have names for the individual Creator's Rooms themes for foreign markets). So, just to make things clear -- Black stars only exist in the sky and as a Creator's Room theme, and are not a type of Hatena color star!

Lastly, we've had a few problems recently involving children buying color stars on the Hatena website without getting permission from their parents. This is something that we're really not happy about, and we'd like to share our thoughts about this.

Color stars were designed to be fun, and are a way to express your feelings in a new way. When you see a Flipnote or comment that you like you can add a star to it. You can also exchange color stars for news themes for your Creator's Room in the Color Star Exchange. It's a lot of fun, isn't it?

However, when you do something such as using someone's money without their permission that goes against the whole concept of color stars. Color stars are no longer "fun" if someone gets hurt, or if a child buys something from us without getting their parent's permission first. Kids, please talk with your parents before buying color stars on the Hatena website, and you should never buy them unless you have their permission.

Also, don't forget that you can earn color stars for free by doing various activities on Hatena's online services, which doesn't require any money or a credit card. Simply by doing your best to be a positive part of the Hatena community, you can earn some color stars that you can use with your Hatena account. For more information please scroll down to the bottom of the page of the Hatena Color Star Shop at the URL below:

Hatena Color Star Shop

On a positive note, please scroll down to see some of our favorite "Mother's Day" Flipnotes from all regions from last wee. Also, please remember to do something special for you mother on Mother's Day. 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 "Mother's Day", and introduce our new topic for this week which is "Travel".

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!


The best of last week's topic: "Mother's Day"

We've selected some of the best Flipnotes posted this past week from each of the 3 regions 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):

Weekly Topic: Mother's Day

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.


"Mother's Day" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

★ Flipnote by pinkii (id:blubbmarie)

★ Flipnote by Catuigi (id:CatBoy1106)

★ Flipnote by Aki ◆ Enma (id:Aki-Enma)

★ Flipnote by Michael (id:MichaelM)

★ Flipnote by Dandelion (id:Bethaniee)

★ Flipnote by Eclipse (id:Squishiot19)


"Mother's Day" Flipnotes from the Americas region

★ Flipnote by kitty v. (id:kittyfrogv6) based on an original Flipnote by: Musi( (id:tr4)

★ Flipnote by D/K_33 (id:Declan_33)

★ Flipnote by Kenster (id:Kenster)

★ Flipnote by Faolan (id:Megster)

★ Flipnote by Tiger (id:mollyowl)

★ Flipnote by Satsuma (id:Jawdat)


"Mother's Day" Flipnotes from Japan

★ Flipnote by Pan

★ Flipnote by Tomo (id:oioisp)

★ Flipnote by Chiemi★RE!(id:mamaroronn)

★ Flipnote by Momo (id:momo2730)

★ Flipnote by Ensachi(id:ensacc)

★ Flipnote by Hochiki(Sacchi (id:SaTsuKi-41)


This week's topic: "Travel"

This week we'd like you to create Flipnotes about the topic of Travel. Here are some ideas to give you some inspiration.

  • Tell a story about a trip you took somewhere.
  • Create cars, trains, trucks, buses, boats, airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons to express how you get somewhere far away.
  • Think of a fantastic place that you'd like to travel to and make a Flipnote about it.

Post the Flipnotes you create to channel 8 from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi. We're looking forward to seeing your stuff, 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):


Weekly Topic: Travel


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 cool frog illustration was posted by id:folsense

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