Xiha Life

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Xiha Life is a multilingual social networking website. It integrates Google's automatic translation software, Google Translate, which enables users to instantly translate comments and posts within the site itself.[1] The user interface has been translated into 42 languages, and the system supports communication in 56 languages.[2] Xiha Life has 750,000 members worldwide, with no single country comprising more than 5% of its membership.[1]

Xiha Life was founded on September 28, 2007, by Jani Penttinen, who serves as its CEO.[3] The name, "Xiha", is Mandarin for "happy" or "joyful".[4] In 2009, Xiha was named one of the Red Herring 100 Europe, an award given to promising European tech companies.[2][5]

Its board includes Jaiku co-founder and former Google Project Manager Jyri Engeström,[3] Jan Achenius and Ville Miettinen.[6] Xiha Life is operated out of Sunnyvale, California, Switzerland, and Finland.[3][6]


  1. ^ a b Thompson, Clive, "No Language Barrier: How auto-translation software is saving the world's mother tongues", Wired, 18 (7): 42 .
  2. ^ a b Koskenlaakso, Leena, The Red Herring awarded XIHA LIFE: Multilingual social networking site continues to grow, Forum Virium Helsinki Newsletter, retrieved July 29, 2010 .
  3. ^ a b c Butcher, Jack (January 25, 2010), XIHA Life secures $1m and adds Jaiku's Engestrom to board, TechCrunch, retrieved July 29, 2010 .
  4. ^ Finnish Xiha Life world’s first multilingual online community, Finnfacts, May 18, 2009, archived from the original on August 13, 2009, retrieved July 29, 2010 .
  5. ^ Red Herring 100 Europe 2009 – Winners, Red Herring, retrieved July 29, 2010 .
  6. ^ a b XIHA Life Receives $1 Million in Seed Funding, Veraventure, January 27, 2010, retrieved August 5, 2010  (Xiha Life press release).

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