10/21/2005 - Opera Software invites everyone on the Web to experience the new My Opera Community. The new site extends the reach of today's social Web by allowing members to blog and upload photos directly from their mobile phones. As the world leader in mobile browsing technologies, Opera designed the site to give the same user experience when viewed on large or small screens.
Since its silent introduction one month ago, an average of 1000 new members have joined each day. Most have joined on word-of-mouth alone. The My Opera Community has a complete offering of multiple services in one place - free of charge. Everyone receives 300 MB of space, and can use it to create a personal blog, photo albums, a private group and much more. Inspiration strikes at the gym? Simply send an MMS and update your blog and photo album while pumping iron.
"I've been a blogger since it was still called a Weblog. The new My Opera is a big step up because of its easy to use social networking tools," said Dan Yurman, an Opera community member from Idaho Falls, ID. "On the Internet I have a choice of a lot of blogging sites. Since I'm already an Opera user, it makes sense to go with the best."
The My Opera Community is easy for anyone to use. Just a sample of the advanced features:
To ensure members have the best possible experience with the new My Opera Community, Opera's new community manager oversees the daily operation of the site, adds new features and ensures the My Opera Community exceeds expectations. His name is Brian Johnson.
"This is probably the coolest job I've ever had," said Johnson. "I can't believe they pay me for it. I work hard to make the Community a place members enjoy. I'm also the voice of the Community inside Opera. I take those two responsibilities seriously."
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, mobile, PDA, home media and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.
Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Windows Mobile, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway. The Opera browser is also available as a Java-based (J2ME) browser solution called Opera Mini for the world's 700 million Java-enabled mobile phones.
Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA.
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