Web 2.0 in France: An Interview with Bertrand Hardy of Bookmarks.fr

Bookmarks.fr: French social bookmarking
"Web 2.0" is the term used to describe the wave of new concepts that has swept the Internet over the past few years: blogs social bookmarking sites (where users can look at other people's favorite sites), networking sites (like Facebook and Myspace), and the general user-built community that some say has reshaped the face of technology. I have only recently begun to recently explore Web 2.0 by transforming the French Corner from a static site into a blog last month. I thought it might be interesting to explore how Web 2.0 is taking shape in the French-speaking community, so I interviewed Bertrand Hardy, the creator of Bookmarks.fr, a French language social bookmarking site similar to Del.icio.us. The interview was conducted in French, so I have included both the original interview and a translation for you here.

The site Bookmarks is very similar to the site Del.icio.us, except it's in French. Do you think the French-speaking community needs more social bookmarking sites like Digg or Del.icio.us?
Of course, otherwise I wouldn't have started Bookmarks.fr ;) Bookmarks was effectively born following the success of del.icio.us, and its interest is simply to be reserved for the French-speaking community (because many French people are not familiar with the language of Shakespeare).

How might a French student be able to use Bookmarks as an educational tool?
For example, by saving all the sites useful for his or her learning. Example: a math student would add all his or her favorite sites having to do with this subject and add the tag "mathématiques" to it. (http://www.bookmarks.fr/tag/mathématiques)

What types of sites are the most popular at Bookmarks?
The most popular sites are blogs, in particular those that talk about web 2.0 and the new technologies. What also works well are reference sites on how to make a website (example: Wordpress tutorials), certainly because I have announced the launching of the site on a large webmasters' forum (www.webrankinfo.com).

Why did you choose an English word for the name of the site, if it's a network for French-speaking people?
Effectively that can cause some confusion, I admit ;) Simply because "bookmarks" is a word that more and more French speakers are understanding. And I am hoping in the future that it speaks to everyone.

Do you think there will be more French versions of the phenomena of web 2.0, perhaps a French MySpace?
MySpace is already available in French ;) Yes, "web 2.0" is very trendy, as illustrated by the number of blogs that discuss the subject ;)

Et en Français ...

Le site Bookmarks est très similaire au site Del.icio.us, sauf qu'il soit en français. Est-ce que vous pensez que la communauté francophone a besoin de plus de sites marque-pages sociaux, comme Digg ou Del.icio.us ?
Bien sûr, sinon je n'aurais pas lancé Bookmarks.fr ;) Bookmarks est effectivement né suite au succès de del.icio.us, et son intérêt est justement d'être réservé aux francophones (car beaucoup de Français ne sont pas familiés avec la Langue de Shakespeare).

Comment est-ce qu'un étudiant de français pourrait se servir de Bookmarks comme outil éducationnel ?
En sauvegardant par exemple tous les sites utiles pour sa formation. Exemple : un étudiant en mathématiques va ajouter tous les favoris liés à ce sujet et y associer le tag "mathématiques" (http://www.bookmarks.fr/tag/mathématiques)

Quels types de sites sont les plus populaires à Bookmarks ?
Les sites les plus populaires sont les blogs, particulièrement ceux qui parlent du web 2.0 et des nouvelles technologies. Ce qui marche bien également ce sont les sites traitant du référencement, de la conception de sites (exemple : tutoriels wordpress), certainement car j'ai annoncé le 1er lancement du site sur un gros forum de webmasters (www.webrankinfo.com).

Pourquoi est-ce que vous avez choisi un mot anglais pour le nom du site, si c'est un réseau pour la communauté francophone ?
Effectivement ça peut prêter à confusion, j'en conviens ;) Simplement car "bookmarks" est un mot que comprennent de plus en plus de francophones. Et j'ai espoir à l'avenir qu'il parle à tout le monde.

Est-ce que vous pensez qu'il y aura plus de versions françaises des phénomènes du web 2.0, peut-être un MySpace francophone ? (MonEspace ??)
MySpace est déjà disponible en français ;) Oui oui, le "web 2.0" est très tendance, il suffit de voir le nombre de blogs qui abordent le sujet ;)

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