Twitter Launches Video Service From Japan

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Twitvideo, a new video tweeting service working with Twitter, was released on October 5th 2009 by DG Mobile Inc., a subsidiary of Digital Garage Inc., a Japanese Twitter partner which invested in Twitter and has been running Twitter Japan’s localization and promotion since January 2008.

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Using the site, Japanese twitter users can post and share movies/photos with location information from their PCs or cellphones. As it is a service of a Japanese Twitter partner, and you only need a twitter account (OAuth does not seem to be used), it might directly access twitter’s user database.

A screenshot of the mobile version is here,

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An iPhone application for Twitvideo is also planned, the release said.

DG Mobile also announces that they are providing paid enterprise account which allows bigger storage, offers customized company page and enables high density movie upload.

Although Twitter’s co-founder Biz Stone denied “advertisement on Twitter” plan in near future, Twitter Japanese page has been showing ads for 18 months now, which Twitter US called “some commercial experimentation”.

Digital Garage group also tries an official Japanese Twitter guide site Twinavi, Twitter group management service Twicco, which recently announced Twitter List feature may cover, but began November 2008.

Japanese is the first menu translated language for Twitter, which was done by Digital Garage, too. (Last week Twitter called for user generated translation volunteers for another 4 languages.)

(proofread by Sean O’Hagan)

See Also:

DG Mobile’s Press Release [J, pdf]

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