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Main Article: Flipnote
Flipnotes are a series of pages filled with text, pictures, or slowly animated movements. These are created through Flipnote Studio and can be uploaded to Flipnote Hatena.
Main Article: Star
Stars are rewards given by other users to comments or flipnotes to show that they like the text or flipnote. There are color variations of stars that can be bought or earned.
Main Article: Favorite
A favorite is an aspect of flipnote hatena that means that a creator likes another one's work or needs direct access to their page.
Main Article: Comment
Comments are one-paged flipnotes that have constructive critism, compliments, or anything a user has to say regarding the flipnote. Comments can also be used for drawing pictures, talking in a chatroom, or whatever else a user can do with the comment function.
Main Article: Channel
A channel is a place where flipnotes with the same genres can be categorized with each other. There is also a channel where creators can post flipnotes to enter the Weekly Topic.
Flipnote Hatena (DSi)
Flipnote Hatena DSi is a simplified version of the web site that enables users to have access to use most of the functions listed above. Creators can also change their theme on their page. Due to the lack of memory on the DSi, pictures in the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News cannot be viewed.
Flipnote Hatena (Web Site)
The Flipnote Hatena web site is an online site where creators of flipnotes, along with users with registered Flipnote Studio IDs, can browse other flipnotes (with all the aspects). On the website, creators can change their profile picture, view all comments on a flipnote, view data regarding their account, purchase colored stars, create channels, and view the "Frog Sightings" section in the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News. Creators cannot change themes on their page nor upload flipnotes.
Flipnote Hatena (Mobile)
Flipnote Hatena Mobile version is a more simplified version of the web site. The only addition here is that users can send links to external sites or phones.
Flipnote Hatena Plus
Flipnote Hatena Plus is an addition to Flipnote Hatena where users can change the comment text color, use Emoji in their comments, access flipnote statistics, have a maximum number of favorite creators, and have the Flipnote Hatena Plus badge shown on their page.
Flipnote Hatena 2.5
Hatena 2.5 is the current version of Flipnote Hatena. It was activated on February 17, 2012. It mostly only affects the DSi version of Flipnote Hatena. It simplifies the way to search through Hatena for flipnotes, and splits channels into seperate categories. It also allows users to view flipnotes recommended to them based on the flipnotes they usually watch. One of the bigger effects it has had is that it enables a user to "dislike" a flipnote in the "Most Popular" section. Based on how much a flipnote is disliked, the Hatena services set up what flipnotes are in the Most Popular section.
- Main Article: Closing of Flipnote Hatena
It was announced on March 13, 2013 that Flipnote Hatena would be shut down on May 31, 2013 due to the upcoming release of Flipnote Studio 3D. It will have two publishing websites for Flipnotes that will be run by Nintendo rather than Hatena Co. Ltd. Creators have been posting flipnotes ranting about the decision, but it is not possible to keep Flipnote Hatena running.
As announced, Flipnote Hatena closed on May 31, 2013. Although the URL is still accessible, no content can be viewed. A message along with a giant flipnote frog reads,
"The Flipnote Hatena website and Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi ended on May 31, 2013.We would like express our sincere gratitude to the members of the Flipnote Hatena community which began in December 2008. The service has now ended, but the memories will always remain.
Thank you all for the amazing flipnotes and for your use of the Flipnote Hatena website and Flipnote Hatena for Nintendo DSi." -Hatena Co., Ltd.
- It is possible to view Flipnote Hatena mobile version on the computer.
- If a user is not logged in, the front page of the mobile site will mostly be written in Japanese text.
- The background of the mobile web site is green on the computer, but purple on phones.