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ProZ.com turns 20: thank you!

September 27, 2019 / by Lü Leszinsky

It's 1999, the human population of the world surpasses six billion, the number of Internet users worldwide has just reached 150 million, and the EURO currency is adopted by an important number of European countries; SpongeBob SquarePants premieres on Nickelodeon and The Matrix, The Sixth Sense and Star Wars: Episode I are released; Barbie Doll turns forty and the world is getting ready for the year 2000 by running tests for the millennium bug; My Space is officially released while Bluetooth is announced, and Red Hot Chili Peppers and Christina Aguilera take over the radio. And while these capture the world's attention, ProZ.com makes its first appearance as a website for freelancers in April, re-vamped in August as a translation-specific web portal.

 

Users from all over the world don't wait to start posting their first term help questions,

 

KudoZ

 

and their very first job offers.

 

Jobs

 

They immediately start building their profiles through taglines, specialization fields and KudoZ points,

 

Yolanda Broad's profile, ProZ.com moderator

Update your profile →

 

and showing their support of the site by investing in their businesses through ProZ.com membership.

 

Professional membership

 

New tools and features are developed based on user needs and feedback --the VID program, Exchange, KudoZ glossaries, the Blue Board, Translation teams, profile mail filters, and more!

 

News2

See what's new at ProZ.com this year

 

And from time to time, we love meeting in person at conferences and powwows to network and have fun.

 

ProZ.com_conference_Tuscany_2001First ProZ.com conference - Tuscany, Italy (2001)

Powwows

See upcoming powwows →

 

It's been twenty years and the world has changed. The iPhone, Google and Netflix exist, while Blockbuster and The White Stripes don't anymore; people probably like us more on Facebook or Instagram than when they see us; we rent through Airbnb and travel with Uber; we have a DNA map, memes and selfies; we believe in chambers of secrets and magic; we favor CFLs over incandescents, we've learned new gestures and now we can instinctively scroll, drag, tap, pinch-to-zoom and swipe with one hand!

But then, ProZ.com has also changed. The website had fonts updated, navigation links renamed, pages re-arranged.

 

ProZ.com_1999-2019

 

The Translation center was created in response to Translators without Borders' needs, Pools and Find were released to make it easier to discover specialized professionals, and WIWO came up to help language professionals to promote the work they do and track their project history over time.

 

ProZ.com Pool profile

 

A new Scam alert center arose to assist members with risk management procedures, and Invoicing, ProZ Pay and Service agreements became available to help members to manage work and clients more efficiently. 

 

ProZ.com invoicing

 

We started celebrating big with live events and translation contests.

 

International Translation Day 2018

 

And most importantly, our mission was adjusted to strengthen our engagement with the world's largest community of language industry professionals:

 

ProZ.com's mission is to empower language industry professionals to achieve their business objectives and realize their full potential by:
  • being committed to member success,
  • providing access to state-of-the-art tools,
  • educating and inspiring,
  • fostering collaboration among positive, like-minded professionals.

 

The biggest drivers for our growth have always been the trust and support of the language community --of you!

 

Thank you for inspiring us in all these years. Your success is what matters the most to us as individual staff members and as a team.

 

File from iOS

Message from ProZ.com's founder, Henry Dotterer

 

Happy 20th anniversary!

 

The ProZ.com Team

 

ProZ.com Staff

 

Topics: translator, ProZ.com, translation industry, anniversary, community, 20 years, celebration, language industry

Lü Leszinsky

Written by Lü Leszinsky

Lucia --Lü-- Leszinsky is an English and Spanish writer, audiovisual translator, and voice talent. She's been working as part of the ProZ.com site team for more than ten years, assisting members, developing new features and helping everyone in the translation industry to get the most out of the site. Reach Lü through her ProZ.com profile anytime, https://www.proz.com/profile/855539

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