Twitter Japan And Mixi To Announce Something On 30th

ITMedia reported [J] today that Twitter Japan and Mixi, Japan’s largest social networking service as a Facebook-kind-of, will held a joint press conference next Wednesday, November 30 with Twitter Japan Country Manager James Masaakira Kondo (@jameskondo) and Mixi CEO Kenji Kasahara (Mixi profile [J]). It is not disclosed what will be announced there.

Mixi is running a Twitter clone Mixi Voice inside, but it is not so successful if you compare Twitter’s huge popularity in Japan. Although there are no clue yet, I guess it could be replacing Mixi Voice with Twitter and cooperate against their common imaginary enemy, a challenger Facebook. If it is so, Twitter may get more fruit but I am not sure what Mixi can get from it.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano Becomes Fan-made Anime

Yukio Edano (Wikipedia), Japanese cabinet’s chief secretary in Kan government, who has been a spokesperson on the East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Crisis, got himself a name from Japanese, especially from web users by his non-stopping work which is likened to Jack Bauer.

This time, a professional Japanese anime creator Yosuke Kihara [J], known by “Conie-chan” on long-running kids program Ponkikkies (see last), made [J] an 30 seconds anime “Eadno Kanbo Chokan Kisha Kaiken”(Chief Secretary Edano’s Press Conference)

The short anime features Edano’s voice, which are like “Eh”, “Er”, etc.

See Also:

Gachapin from the kid program Ponkikkies is the most followed Twitter user in Japan (over 900,000 followers) – Asiajin articles on Gachapin

Niconico Douga SP1 and its expanding reach

Niconico Douga Logo (SP1)

Niwango hold a press conference about its Niconico Douga‘s update release “SP1” (upgraded from “RC2”) on March 5th 13:00 (JST).

Niconico Douga Press Conference 2008-03-05

Current statistics of Niconico Douga provided by director Seiji Sugimoto:

  • 5.6 million registered users
  • 1.14 million of users using cellularphone version
  • 189 thousands paid users
  • listed on NTT Docomo’s i-mode official site
  • Ads sale in Feb 2008: 32 million yen
  • Sales from Niconico Ichiba(market) in Feb: 86 million yen
  • Copyright holder partners: 38 companies
  • under discussion with JASRAC

Niconico Douga has 5.6 million users

New features by Hiroyuki Nishimura:

  • Niconico Movie Maker free tool given out to encourage potential movie creators
  • H.264 support
  • Top page design renewal
  • My profile page added
  • Provides widget to other blog service providers and social networking services, starting with livedoor blog, Hatena Diary, So-net blog and trunc
  • Mini-games on movies with score ranking
  • Enhanced “Nico-script” for clickable link, comment-suppression, poll functions on top of current jump function, on March 13th
  • Niconico News Maker : CGM news, in April
  • Niconico Dai Hyakka : CGM encyclopedia, in April

President Hiroshi Kobayashi talked that their Niconico Douga business is still in red, but improving supported by advertisement/affiliate. They haven’t touched mobile version ads yet so it is being planned toward profitable.

Japanese geek’s portal Hatena announced its joining hands with Niconico Douga by allowing new embeddable Niconico-Douga-video widget on its diary(blog) service. (You may see kitten video with Niconico-comments without Niconico-account on the annonunce page)

[update 2008-03-19] Vox supports Niconico Douga Widget. As Vox is an international service, now it is possible to show Niconico Douga widgets in non-Japanese blog.

See also:

Niconico douga | Asiajin

Niconico-Douga expressed its Taiwan version begins next week | Asiajin

Some Niconico-douga videos available without registration | Asiajin

Tokyotronic: How to register for Nico Nico Douga

Photo by shike@current. Thanks.