Word-up! Bebo boss backs video dictionary

“Dictionary.com meets YouTube meets Wikipedia,” is how Bebo founder Michael Birch perfectly summed up Wordia.com, launched last week.Birch should know, of course, because he’s backed founder Ed Baker to get this brilliantly simple idea off the ground.Wordia combines traditional text definitions of words from partner Harper Collins with user-generated videos, such as the one below. Users can edit, submit and rate videos on relevance, accuracy and humour.Launched at the former house of Dr Samuel Johnson, who invented the first dictionary some 253 years ago, Wordia.com already tackles 76,000 words and 120,000 definitions but wants its users to control how it grows.“Over the years we’ve tried many ways to improve our grasp of the English language. We’ve listened, jotted and scribbled down words that have excited, confused and challenged us. wordia.com is our way of improving our own vocabulary and in the process, discovering what words mean to other people,” says Ed.Wordia is supported by Open University and National Literacy Trust and you can just see it being a massive hit with kids and adults alike. As well as a great toy and tool, it’s got massive business potential too. It’s a simple idea with global appeal and has massive branding potential.We reckon Birch is on to another winner and it's great to see him backing other web start-ups.
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