23 June 2010

YOG social networking platform

YOG social networking site 'WhyOhGee' launched@CNA

SINGAPORE: A social networking platform for youths around the world to celebrate the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was launched Tuesday.

The WhyOhGee Community (www.singapore2010.sg/community) complements the WhyOhGee microsite (www.singapore2010.sg/whyohgee) that features multimedia content produced by young people for young people, and connects youths globally through the digital media.

The beta site was introduced eight months ago and currently has more than 10,000 registered users.

If you do not speak the same language as the other users in your group, the chat function on WhyOhGee Community translates their messages for you.

Visitors on the WhyOhGee microsite can also discuss the content featured on the WhyOhGee Community forums, as well as start discussions on topics of their own.

There will be a section soon to feature athletes who have signed up for profiles on the WhyOhGee Community.

This will allow users to follow what these YOG hopefuls are doing through their updates and allow them to send them personal messages of support.

Meanwhile, Sing! Singapore 2010 finalists performed to a lunch-time crowd at Lau Pa Sat at the central business district on Tuesday, in celebration of the upcoming YOG.

The performance is part of the Youth Outreach Initiative to bring the excitement of the inaugural games to more young working adults.

An album "Voices of Singapore 2010: In Celebration of Youth Olympic Games" will also be launched soon.

The initiative is supported by the National Youth Council.

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