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april 20th, 2007

Hej! 2007 coverage

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

hej 2007 logoTomorrow’s Hej! 2007 conference in Stockholm will focus on web 2.0. I’ll be attending the conference and will try to blog as much as I can, live, in texts and photos. Whether on this blog or on my personal blog will depend on how much relevance the subjects will have to citizen media. The photos will probably end up on my Flickr account.

From the description of the spirit of Hej! 2007 it sounds great:

We don’t want it to be some stuffy old seminar where everyone sits for hours on end. We want people to talk, walk, mingle, laugh and cheer. Oh. And we really don’t like suits. Jeans are cool. So leave your suits at home and bring that laptop and a healthy dose of enthusiasm and cheer!

Here’s an article in Swedish on Hej! 2007 and the importance of credibility and trust as users come more into focus online. Eric Wahlforss and Alexander Ljung are ”trust consultants”, and two of tomorrow’s speakers. They will talk about some of their experiences from a three month study trip in the US. Should be interesting.
Here’s the list of all speakers.


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april 20th, 2007

More than two million characters created in Habbo Sweden

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

HabboIn a country with only nine million inhabitants, the virtual world Habbo having 2 098 571 registered characters is quite an accomplishment. Habbo is a community for teenagers where you create virtual characters that inhabit a world that is compared with a virtual youth center by Habbo themselves.
In a press statement, Habbo writes (my translation):

If Habbo was a town it would be bigger than Stockholm, thus becoming the largest city in Sweden. Habbo is also growing globally. Today there are more than 76 million virtual Habbo characters worldwide. This can be compared to Second Life which has around 5,3 virtual inhabitants.
The reason behind the fast growth is a continuos creative development of the community. All the time new activities are added, which are exciting, informative and fun.

Among the activities mentioned is a guest appearance by Swedish singer Darin and q&a with representatives from the youth section of the Red Cross.


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