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A question of awareness - (which of these have you ever heard of?)

March 22nd, 2008

With 9678 users (12:00, 22nd March) we are slowly moving towards the 10,000 mark. There have been only a few new links to the site in the last 24 hours, but there are now 17,800 mentions of learnitlists on the Internet. A slower pace of growth suits me just fine as we have some kinks to iron out before we publicise the widget any more. As J & M have pointed out, our first new users started finding us one calendar month ago. I think 10,000 people isn’t a bad basis for a beta test.

I spent a large chunk of yesterday comparing word lists. My assumption had been that I would not know if there was a mis-translation between English and another language that I’m not familiar with. After we lost our French translator, I decided to have a look for myself. M built a system on Friday where words which were the same in both languages were highlighted, and then added another bit so that I could edit the word lists. So… several hours later I have made corrections (courtesy of Alta Vista Babel Fish) to Portuguese, French and Italian. These still need to be loaded up. I hope M will do that tomorrow. Once I have repeated the exercise for all languages in a western script, then we can think about conducting some awareness raising.

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