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British Council using Drupal

English Online is an initiative created by the British Council to encourage the learning of English in China.

In good Drupal style, the site boasts a number of social networking features such as personal profiles, blogs and forums to connect a community of over 60,000 users. Users can customize content in Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional and English. Other features include video, newsletters, an events calendar, as well as a mobile version of the site at http://m.englishonline.org.cn.

The site, developed by Brightlemon, was also referenced in Gordon Brown’s recent visit to China.

English online

Mozilla Thunderbird using Drupal

Mozilla launched spreadthunderbird.com this week. Spread Thunderbird is the volunteer-run Thunderbird advocacy site where community marketing activities are organized to raise awareness and to promote the adoption of Thunderbird, Mozilla's Open Source e-mail application. The Spread Thunderbird site is powered by Drupal and uses the Acquia Marina theme. They are also using Mollom to protect their site against spam. Hopefully the site will be as big a success as spreadfirefox.com, which has been a Drupal site for many years.
Spread thunderbird

SourceForge using Drupal

SourceForge, Inc (formerly VA Linux/Software, NASDAQ: LNUX) switched their corporate website to Drupal. Another public company with a Drupal site!

SourceForge operates many of the sites that had a huge impact on my early Open Source career, including SourceForge.net (the world's largest open source software development and distribution environment), Slashdot (the web destination that pioneered community generated content and that provided inspiration for some of the features in Drupal 1.0), ThinkGeek (my favorite online shop of cool stuff and whose t-shirts turned me into a walking Open Source billboard evangelist), NewsForge (who published an instrumental Drupal 4.7 review), Linux.com (who published many great Drupal articles), freshmeat.net (where I publicly announced Drupal 1.0 on January 15, 2001; e.g. check this comment from 2001 on the Drupal Freshmeat page), and more. And last but not least, VA Linux's IPO (now SourceForge, Inc) helped make Linux a success, which is how I got involved with Open Source development in the first place. Fantastic news!

Sourceforge

United Nations using Drupal

117 million people participated in the United Nations' Anti-Poverty event, and it was organized on a Drupal site: http://www.standagainstpoverty.org/.

Nearly 117 million people – close to 2 per cent of the world’s population – took part in events all around the world to stand up and take action against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals. According to a United Nations' press release they broke the Guinness World Record for the largest social mobilization ever on a single issue. Furthermore, the United Nations unveiled that they secured around $16 billion in new commitments to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

The Stand Up Against Poverty site was developed by the great folks at Development Seed; and as you can tell from their blog post, they pushed the Drupal envelope once again.

It is great to help make a product that many people like, but it is even better when that product helps improve the world a little bit!

Stand against poverty

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