Friday, August 17, 2007

Galaxiki: A fictional web 2.0 galaxy

I just received this press release, for a website which sounds pretty cool. I'll be doing an article about it later on for The Thunder Child:

A fictional web 2.0 galaxy created by its own community

EHLERANGE, Luxembourg, August 14th, 2007 - Only seven weeks after its
official launch the Galaxiki website ( is on its way
to become a highly successful web 2.0 site. Galaxiki is a new kind of
wiki based community portal that allows its members to edit stars,
planets and moons in a virtual galaxy, creating an entire fictional
world online. It already got a lot of positive coverage in the
blogosphere and in the media, Linux Journal (
even named it "dot org website of the week" on July 11th.

"It's very exciting to see how many people like Galaxiki! We got a
lot of positive feedback and many suggestions within the past few
weeks", said Jos Kirps, the creator of Galaxiki. "The site is being
updated on a regular basis, new features emerge nearly every day:
improved galaxy exploration tools, search tools, planetary editors or
translated contents for example. We now just launched the movies and
books section, a completely new site area where community members can
manage their private collections of DVDs or books and share
information about them. And we still have a lot of new stuff in the

Galaxiki combines well known web 2.0 features in a revolutionary new
way. Millions of stars, planets, moons, pulsars and black holes can
be explored using an intuitive 2D map. The idea behind Galaxiki is
that community members can create fictional life forms and write
about their histories on their planets. The ease of use attracts all
kinds of users, so that the target audience is not limited to science
fiction and astronomy addicts.

"We're now looking for people willing to help us with translations -
german and french versions of the site are already partly available,
other languages are being prepared", explains Jos Kirps. "Just like
any other community site we heavily rely on active users, and we're
looking forward to see people from all over the world become part of
our world!"

Galaxiki membership and editing community stars is free, but it's
also possible to purchase your own solar system that only you will be
able to edit. Galaxiki also features an online shop offering
astrononmy, science and science fiction related articles; such as
DVDs, books or T-Shirts for example.

About the Galaxiki Project

Launched in July 2007, the Galaxiki Project offers a unique surfing
experience on its Galaxiki community portal. The Galaxiki Project is
headquartered in Ehlerange, Luxembourg, Europe and is currently run
as a private project by its creator Jos Kirps, although it shall be
transformed into a company in the near future. For more information,

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document includes certain forward-looking statements, including
statements regarding The Galaxiki Project's ability to run and
improve it's services, or to create new business models. These
statements are based on the current expectations or beliefs of The
Galaxiki Project, and are subject to uncertainty and changes in
circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those
expressed or implied by the statements herein. The Galaxiki Project
is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such
obligation to, update or alter their respective forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or

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