Goo Web Search Offers Useful Tweets On Search Results

NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japan’s largest telecommunication company NTT, who is running Goo, a search engine for PC, mobile (mainly for Docomo handsets) and smartphone, released [J] that Goo starts providing “Useful Tweets” on its search result page.

The useful tweets showed on the search are selected by Goo’s original language analysis and scoring technology. The tweets are not necessarily the latest but buzzed and/or trusted, according to the release.

via Tsuuhan Tsuushin

Goo To End RSS Reader And Movie Sharing Service

Goo, a Japanese web portal run by NTT Resonant, a group company of NTT, announced to terminate their two sub services.

Goo RSS Reader

All variations of Goo’s RSS Readers, web reader [J], Windows application version and Japanese cellphone version will be discontinued [J]. PC and mobile web versions will stop on May 31, 2011. You may keep using the Windows app version, but no support will be provided.

In Japan, Bloglines got popular first as web-based RSS reader, then Livedoor Reader caught tech-savvy people. Later Google Reader is catching up. But as same as in English, RSS reader is not a prime tool for majority in the shade of social media like Twitter.

Goo ClipLife

Goo’s movie sharing service ClipLife [J] is also announced [J] to stop at the end of May.

According to Internet Watch [J], Goo RSS Reader began September 28, 2004, ClipLife started in August 2006.

As well as another big Japanese portal Nifty, those portals needed to have whatever new trending service under their brand, and that made them keep running those less popular web services for years. April 1st, the beginning of Japanese school year, is one good timing to cut them off and reassign their resource to something newer.

Google Losing Default Mobile Search Engine Position On Docomo i-mode Portal, A Gate To Half Of Japanese Mobile Web

Japan’s largest cellphone carrier NTT Docomo, which boasts 50% market share on cellphone users, also keeps over 50% share of cellphone web connection services i-mode, announced that they switch their default mobile internet search service from Google mobile search to Goo’s one since April 30th [J].

Until last week, your searching on i-mode portal, iMenu (you can not access without Docomo cellphone mobile browser), gave you three sections of search results.

  1. iMenu Site Kensaku (i-mode official sites search), provided by NTT Resonant(Goo)
  2. Sonota Keitai Site Kensaku (all mobile sites search on the Internet) by Google
  3. PC internet search by Google

The first category is the golden goose both for Docomo and third party mobile contents providers for official i-mode sites (so called “Koushiki Site”).

The latter two have been provided by Google since April 1st 2008 (Docomo’s release [J])

This time, Docomo is trying to change the second category’s search provider from Google to Goo. Goo mobile search has been one of many non-default mobile search on i-mode. User can set to merge the first category and the second category together, both official and unofficial mobile sites result in mixed by settings, too.

Too much search traffic than expected?

However, on the very same night around 11:40 p.m., NTT Docomo and NTT Resonant stops this change, and reverted its mobile internet search back to the original (i.e. Google mobile search). Docomo submitted apology release [J], and it has not been updated yet on May 3rd.

So those NTT group alliance’s attempt to lighten Google’s presence on i-mode started with failure, which is a shame. But the release says that they are working on it to go ahead.

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Some screenshots with new Goo mobile search on i-mode default, taken on April 30th at mbdb.jp [J]

Japanese April Fools’ Day Is 3D! 3D! 3D!

Blame Avatar’s hit on screen. Many of Japanese big portal showed great originality on April Fools’ Day. Half a day ahead to 3D services launch in USA.

The No.1 Yahoo! Japan announced their migration to 3D top page on Microsoft Silverlight technology.

No.4 portal (by visitors, according to the NetRatings 2007 research [J]) Nifty

No. 6 Goo‘s

and No.8 OCN.

Yahoo’s one is not a real 3D, but for other three, you only need one red-blue glass, which frame can be downloaded from any of those sites.

Bulletin Board colossus 2 channel also ran text 3D prank, half a day ahead to Google Docs 3D.

Smart.fm Fundraises USD3.37M From NTT

Logo of NTT Group Logo of Smart.fm

Japanese telecom giant NTT and Cerego Japan, an owner of a UGC-based social learning site Smart.fm(previously known as iKnow!), announced both had reached the agreement of the partnership in boosting online education business.   NTT is now considering to set up a new subsidiary focusing on online education business, and will create a number of mash-up services with Goo[J] (a portal site by NTT Resonant[J]) and NTT DoCoMo‘s cellphone-based value-added information services by joining forces with Cerego.   Cerego will allocate new shares worth USD3.37M (JPY320M, no announcement made on how much it holds in comparison to the entire shares) to NTT Investment Partners, the investment arm of  NTT Group.

Meanwhile, Cerego started releasing several programs of English-language learning podcasting this week, and every week it will add approximately new 100 episodes especially designed for mastering English for significant purposes such as TOEIC(Test of English for International Communication), travel, business and  preparing for university entry exam.

Screenshot of Smart.fm's Podcasting