Facebook Adds QR-Code to Add Friends via 2D Barcode for Japan

AndroWire reported that Facebook added a new QR Code profile feature only for Japanese users.

Facebook users on iOS and Android can show a QR Code from a user profile, on which others can access and request to be a Facebook friend.

Early this week, Facebook released stamps on comments feature for Japan, at now only for Japan.

Facebook Adds QR-Code to Add Friends via 2D Barcode for Japan

QR Code Blog – Written Only In QR Code

QR Code seems getting popularity in West because of smartphone. There are a lot of interesting ad campaigns utilizing QR Code recently in English.

There was also a news that Google’s URL shortening service goo.gl supported QR code generation, then Bit.ly followed the trend this week.

Some of you might know that QR Code marketing were often quoted with “only in Japan” for years. And this is one of the unique thing you may reproduce in your language when your people want to know more and more about QR Code.

It is the QR Code Blog. It is not a blog about QR Code, but a blog all written in QR Code.

You know that QR Code can convey URL and/or mail address, but in reality, a QR Code can include about 4,300 roman alphabets, or about 1,800 Japanese characters (size of the code will be big, and error correcting capacity makes the maximum number smaller). So this person embed his article on the code(s) and published as “the world most unreadable blog” he said.

The blog started in September 16th, 2004 with this,

If you scan it (by Android/iPhone app for example), that will give you Japanese text, which tells,

I am trying to build a blog using QR Code. Please enjoy this inconvenient blog both for a writer and readers. It will be good if I can post every day.

Two and a half years later, the blog ceased at the end of 2006. Probably because QR code became too common and the blog could not expect further attention. On the last post, the author wrote long article with 5 QR Codes,

I double translate them from Code to Japanese to English,

Long time no see. How have you been doing? Time flied in 2006. Sorry I did not post since September. I apologize.

I began this blog in September 2004. It was the time when I was finally seeing real usage examples of QR Code. Now two years passed since I set up this blog with the motivation to pass on the wonderfulness of QR Code to many people, the situation around QR Code has changed significantly.

Now QR Code is recognized widely, used on food, magazine, outdoor advertising, name card, etc. Now QR Code reader function on cellphone becomes commonplace. Are you seeing much more QR Code recently?

In last two years, this blog has been taken up on a lot of websites, magazines and TV programs. I can not know how much I could contribute on spreading QR Code to be recognized precisely, but if I made some help, that will be my great pleasure.

http://(Akky: seems his encoding mistake)As seeing QR Code widely prevalent, I think this blog has completed its role. I today declare the end of this blog. I really appreciate you all readers who scanned and decode this blog with your cellphone or so. Thank you so much.


2D Barcode(QR Code) on Ancient Style Chinese Art

Seal Cutting(篆刻) is a Chinese traditional art. You cut a stone block to make a stamp with, usually, Chinese letters like name, poet, etc.

Blogger Masayuki GT tried to combine this Song Dynasty originated stone art with the latest technology, QR Code, Japanese 2D barcode now widely used with cellphone camera to guide mobile website URL-s.

I am sure that cutting stone consumes much time.


Soak with ink.


Then stamp it.


Of course, it is readable from your cellphone.


You can read whole process of seal cutting with different size of QR Codes on Masayuki GT’s blog. [J]

I Love Maker

I Love Maker (English version) is a new Flash based generator for “I ♥ NY” style logo.

You can customize texts, texts-size and mark (heart or others).

For various users, different sizes are provided for typical cellularphone background image size (can be set by using QR Code), Mixi profile image size and three other sizes.

Satoru YANO, the creator, is known his series of web services, including Jimaku.in (English version subtitle.in), comments overlaying video community service (similar to Niconico Douga, slightly later appeared), and recently Yokoku.in, a mashup site which collects sentences including “kill” and related words from several BBS to report police, raising a huge controversy among Japanese internet users.

[Update 2008-08-09] They seem to make the English version of I-love-maker and that links to us!

See Also:

Satoru YANO – Wikipedia [J]

Face Off: iPhone 3G and Japanese cellphones

iPhone 3G provided by Softbank on coming 11th July will be the first iPhone in Japan. Since Jobs’ announcement, there are bunch of Japanese medias and blogs have been discussing if iPhone 3G is worth buying.

To clarify how iPhone and the latest Japanese cellphones spec are different, Asiajin called for comments on what functionalities they have/want/use, to potential Japanese iPhone buyers on Comparison Chart site Narabe. Here is the result,

iPhone 3G and Japanese cellularphones comparison by Narabe
feature iPhone 3G All 2008 Cellphones Some 2008 Cellphones
Camera over 5M pixels
One-Seg recorder
Official sites access
Movie taking
Subscriber ID ?
Arrangeable exterior
Number of Native Apps
Fingerprint Authentication
Single-hand operation
Ringersong ?
Emoji(drawing letters)
Earthquake alert
Self-exchangeable battery
Remote Lock ?
Bell typing ?
Flash lite
FM transmitter
i-Tune Store
mp3 player
PC site access
QR Code
Safari browser
Mobile Wallet(Osaifu Ketai)
Decoration mail(Decome)
Data fixed rate
Push mail

This was originally asked in Japanese on Japanese version Narabete. Then, I copied the result of votes to the English version.

I initially set “All” and “Some” but “All” can have rare exceptional case, for example special model phones for kids or eldery. Most of “Yes”/”No” look correct but as it is “by polling” so some could be inaccurate.

If you have any features you cannot understand what they mean, please ask by comment.

[Disclosure] Narabe is run by Akky AKIMOTO.

[Update 2008.09.17] Thanks for digging this up. There are no “iTunes” and “Safari” on Japanese cellular phones, but of course those counterparts exist so with all cariiers you can enjoy music/movie download purchase and PC viewable browsers (“Full Browser”).