MetroLeap Media Joins Wordnik's Smartwords Initiative

Smartwords open standard allows publishers and media companies to connect their content in more useful, interactive and entertaining ways

Jun 03, 2010, 08:00 ET from Wordnik

SAN MATEO and PALOS VERDES, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Wordnik, a company creating new ways to unlock the value of digital content, announced today that MetroLeap Media has signed on as a partner, with the goal of adding connections between Wordnik's more than 9 million word pages and MetroLyrics, the largest legal lyrics site on the web. The announcement took place at The Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference, an annual gathering of the leaders of the digital revolution.

MetroLeap's MetroLyrics' content will help power Smartwords, a new initiative from Wordnik that will enable publishers and media companies to tap into a new generation of digital tools and applications. Designed to give people the best explanation for any word exactly where and when they want it, Smartwords allows publishers and media companies to deepen connections with their audience and share their content in more useful, interactive and entertaining ways. A video demonstration of Smartwords is available at

"We are dedicated to giving music fans accurate, reliable and complete lyric content," said MetroLeap Media CEO, Alan Juristovski. "That's why we're excited about being a part of Smartwords-enabled applications. It will enhance and extend the wealth of content we provide music fans."

Wordnik CEO Erin McKean added, "The content on will help us connect word-lovers and music-lovers, and will show the power words in lyrics have in conveying feeling and mood, and lead to greater discovery of related music."


MetroLeap Media, Inc. is a leading provider of music and entertainment content. Its flagship product,, is the first lyrics-dedicated site to provide users with the largest database of licensed, complete and accurate song lyrics and compensate copyright holders for content through its partnership with Gracenote. MetroLyrics has become the most trafficked lyrics site worldwide reaching more than 41 million unique monthly visitors, 120 million monthly page views, and is currently the 3rd largest music property in the U.S. For more information about MetroLeap and MetroLyrics, please visit and


Smartwords will enable access to all forms of digital content using words as connectors. It benefits publishers and consumers alike by facilitating better, more personalized discovery of digital content. An open standard, Smartwords gives publishers, application developers and device manufacturers a lightweight, easy-to-use method for adding and sharing word data across the entire ecosystem of digital text, making digital content more compelling and valuable. Smartwords partners include: Audio Newspaper; Audiovox; Baen Books; Forbes; Huffington Post; Ibis Reader; IDG; IGN; Internet Archive; MetroLeap Media; The New York Times; NPR; O'Reilly Media; Scientific American; Scribd; Simon & Schuster; Six Apart; Vook; and Ziff Davis. Learn more at


Wordnik's mission is to gather as much information as possible about as many words as possible and to share that information with as many people as possible. The company has the most complete map of the English language, and information for more than nine million English words. Founded by Erin McKean, the former editor in chief of The New Oxford American Dictionary, Wordnik's team includes experts in search engine architecture, social networking, computational linguistics and library science. Wordnik is a privately held company funded by Baseline, Floodgate, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Radar Partners, Roger McNamee and SV Angles, with headquarters in San Mateo, CA. For more information visit, follow us on Twitter (, or email

Media Contacts:

For Wordnik: Pamela Mahoney;, 650-854-7236

For MetroLeap: Lee Rothchild;, 212.981.5124

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