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Chat with your friends on AIM, MSN and Yahoo!

The most discussed subject here at MeGlobe is what features should we add next to make MeGlobe more useful and fun for our community? The first place we look to answers for is you! Our community. We’ve spoken to many of you, received your feedback and read your suggestions on our forums and it looks like many of you love using MeGlobe but still miss chatting with your buddies on your other IM accounts.

We’d hate to keep you from being able to chat with all of your buddies, so……..here’s what we’ve done:

You can now log into MeGlobe and be able to chat with your buddies on your AIM, MSN and Yahoo chat accounts! How? Simple, after you log in click on the “Add Account” button to add your other IM accounts.

We hope you enjoy!

Congratulations Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio!

French author, Jean Marie Gusatave Le Clezio has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. In case you’re wondering who he is I’ll give you a little background. Over the course of his career he’s written over 30 books focusing on themes that are interesting to the team here at MeGlobe such as language, travel and even two translations on Indian Mythology. Hopefully we can get him to come pay a visit to MeGlobe someday so we can have a French – English chat about some of the wonderful books he’s written!

Communicating Globally – Is it any easier nowadays?

I’m sure we can all agree that the internet and technology have made it easier for us to connect with each other. I’m wondering if we’re able to communicate, on a global scale, any more easily than we were over 10 years ago when ICQ and AIM chat first became wildly popular. After all, according to Internet World Stats, only 29.4% of the world online population is English speaking.

Sure, we’ve got a bunch of new tools to use like Twitter and FriendFeed, and social networks like MySpace and Facebook that help us get in touch and share things with each other. But is it any easier now than it was 10 years ago to ask someone in Paris what galleries are showing cutting edge, emerging art? Or to ask someone in Montreux, Switzerland where the best parties are during the Jazz festival and whether or not it’s a good idea to jump into the lake (I made that mistake once!)? Or even something as simple as discussing the latest World Cup Soccer results with someone who doesn’t speak your language.

I was very surprised to learn that as of June 2008, only roughly 1/5 of the world population uses the internet. I can only wonder what online community will be like when the internet becomes cheaper and more widely available and if the ways that people communicate with each other will change. I believe that language learning communities and translation based solutions like MeGlobe will continue to become increasingly relevant but I’m wondering if people will find new and interesting ways to communicate. I’d love to see everyone’s thoughts and insights, please feel free to leave your comments for me or send me an IM about it. Thanks!