What a Difference a Year Makes: Remember the LinkedIn Firestorm?

Yes folks, it’s one year since the (in)famous LinkedIn Firestorm broke out (see Matthew Bennett’s blog LinkedIn infuriates professional translators: 10 big questions from 16-June-2009 for details).

Remember the uproar and the intensity of the debate about crowdsourcing, community translation, free translation, and all the rest of the related mullarkey that this incident sparked? Pure manna from heaven for the conference agenda setter and the beardy blokes who write blogs, though it rapidly turned into one big yawn for everyone else in the audience.

So twelve month later, can anyone summon up any real passion about this issue any more? Have we said all we need to say about it? Probably.

Hard to imagine what all the fuss was about really!

Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.

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