TwitCasting – Free Twitter+Videostreaming iPhone App

Yesterday’s big news around live streaming was Ustream raised from Japanese Softbank. Today, another mobile video streaming launched from Japan (the service is English/Japanese bilingual), TwitCasting by Sidefeed.

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A free iPhone Application side of TwitCasting is a Twitter client with video broadcasting which boasts low latency (0.1 sec to 0.3 sec within Japan, as they say). On Sidefeed CEO’s blog [J], the CEO Yosuka Akamatsu recommends to use iPhone 3GS for the best experience, though the movie’s frame rate are adjusted with your environment.

The broadcast movie can be viewed on TwitCasting website by standard web browsers (on Flash) and iPhone/iPod Touch (QuickTime).

Here is the introduction video (Japanese audio/English subtitle),

SideFeed is known by its spin-off service Joker Racer, which got the Grand Prix at WISH 2009 startup event in Tokyo last year.

Event Preview: Web Innovation Showcase WISH2009 To Be Held

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Agile Media Network, a Shibuya-based start-up company providing Japanese A-list bloggers with ad revenue opportunities and Asiajin’s adviser Motohiko Tokuriki[J] serves as the president of, plans to hold an event called WISH2009[J] on Friday evening next week. Mr. Tokuriki attended TedxTokyo last May, and he was highly inspired by the event and turned to think of how important a live event is for sharing knowledge and experience in the Internet community.

In the world facing financial crisis and the dot-com bubble collapse, now is the hard time for Internet business start-ups. They’ve given birth to a number of interesting apps and useful services, however they are still in difficulty to gain the population of users. Tokuriki says, the event aims at giving them opportunities to present and pushing on their new apps and services which are yet little known but high potential.

Intended presenters:

  • Xtel's LogoUbiquitous Project, Keio University SFC (led by Dr. Masa Inakage)
    A team of 10 laboratories of Keio University SFC jointly developed a number of digitized contents and media derived from our daily utilities, and also invented a platform allowing them to develop ubiquitous products in a more efficient way. (E/J intro PDF to the project)
  • Conit's Logo Conit (led by Kentaro Hashimoto)
    A Shibuya-based tech start-up and iPhone/iPod touch app developer unveils its brand new line-up following Samurai Chess, Melody Bell and Tapnext.
  • Sidefeed's LogoSidefeed (led by Yoski Akamatsu[J])
    A Tokyo-based RSS-feed-oriented system integration company combined web technologies with real toys usually surrounding us.  (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)
  • San San[J]
    The company provides consultation services in CRM(customer relationship management) and SFA(salesforce automation) business segments, specifically by focusing on delivering solutions to arrange information collected by business cards being exchanged everyday.  (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)
  • 100shiki's LogoGen Taguchi[J], Founder of 100shiki[J] a.k.a. “dot-com of the day”
    100shiki.com introduces a good and new service for a day. Mr. Taguchi is a forward-looking guy on tech industry as well as one of the best-known lifehackers. He tells us where the next web trends are going to.
  • Dressphile's LogoDressphile Online Closet[J]
    For city dwellers having no affordable space at home to keep unseasonable clothes, you’re allowed to ask them on the web to pick up unnecessary pieces and to keep each piece of them for an approximate monthly cost of three dollars.
  • Nissan's Logo Carwings' Logo Nissan Carwings[J]
    Carwings is an intelligent car navigation system having Internet connectivity via cellphone data network. By talking on the system with a customer representative who is standing-by at Nissan’s service center, it makes you easier to set a destination and to find a town guide for the destination as well.
  • Lang-8[J] (led by Youyou Ki)
    A Kyoto-based tech start-up developed a language-learning service by exchanging interaction with native speakers on the web. Asiajin’s Hiroumi Mitani wrote this for more details. (Read other Asiajin stories tagged with this company)

The event has also an another nomination category[J] which allows you to recommend your favorite from web services recently introduced and to vote for it (open until the end of Wednesday, August 12th).   Asiajin’s founder Akky Akimoto also entried his recent work called Yondayo![J], which allows you to publicize a list of books you’ve read by posting a Twitter message and to share its review with other avid readers.

Several A-list tech bloggers and IT media journalists are appointed to serve as the judges for the event’s best awards.

Ketsudan Potaufe, also known as Japanese Amanda Congdon, plans to bring you live streamcast from the venue.   It’s available on August 21 from 7pm to 10pm J.S.T., which is 10am to 1pm U.T.C. on the same day.    We will be able to put a direct link to the streamcast.

Report: Asiajin Meeting #1 (part two)

Asiajin Meeting Tokyo #1 signboard

This is the second part of our coverage of the Asiajin meeting #1 which took part this Tuesday.

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Presentation No. 4

“The 4th presenter abused the meeting by violating its regulation of not speaking in one’s mother tongue against agreement. Thus we do not cover the presentation. You may find the information somewhere else. (Akky AKIMOTO)”

Presentation No. 5
(“Ememo – not a web application but an email application”)

Daisuke Furukawa -who is a freelance web developer- spoke about a product he developed by himself called ememo. Ememo is basically an electronic account book, mainly for private use. Daisuke coded the application for use with mobile phones in particular.

Here is how it works:

Users just write a mail to me@ememo.jp stating what they bought by how much. Ememo automatically lists all items, calculates the prices and also shows the amount of money you spent in a given time frame! The interface is that simple.

It’s free and very easy to use, so please check ememo out. If you would like to cancel the service, you can do so by mailing the word “UNDO” to the address above.

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Ememo was launched in October last year. You can access the slides of Daisuke’s presentation here.

Presentation No. 6
(“How to live like Japanese in ?”)

“Yoski” Yosuke Akamatsu’s performance made the audience laugh constantly. Yoski is a president of sidefeed, a “feed” technologies provider (seven of sidefeed’s 14 services are available also in English. One of those services is ranked in 24th [J] by traffic in Japan.), but his talk was nothing about his company this time.

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In his ironic presentation (which he didn’t hold on his company’s behalf), Yoski pointed out some of the various cultural differences he came across when thinking about Japan’s popular and geeky social portal service Hatena.

According to Yoski, Hatena hosts a lot of particularly enthusiastic users. In his view, Hatena is more “Web 2.0”-like than Yahoo! Japan or 2ch, the wildly popular BBS. He went on explaining Japanese terms like “ota”, “wabi” or “moe” and how they can be linked to this country’s unique Internet culture.

You had to be there to understand Yoski’s jokes!

Presentation No. 7
(“Differences between Japanese and American web communities”)

“Kensuu” (who has the cool title of “HeadPresident and Manager of 3rd creative division”, rocketstart) delivered another presentation focusing on cultural issues. He talked about differences in user behavior when participating in web communities in particular. He has been a community expert who managed popular forum services for youth. He recently published a Japanese book “Web community de ichiban taisetsu na koto”(“The most important thing on Web community”).

Kensuu’s two key points were:

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Japanese people generally love to stay totally anonymous on the web. For example, the majority of 2ch users are registered by the name of “nanashisan” (名無しさん) which means “nameless”.
b)
Japanese users do not “join” a web community but “mix” with it. According to Kensuu, this difference -which may seem purely semantic at first- reflects a unique characteristic of this country’s Internet culture.

The Japanese see members in online communities as a cohesive unit which they can blend into and become a part of. On the contrary, Western users tend to keep and stress their own identity and individuality in such a case.

Kensuu also said Japanese people like to “read” and enjoy the overall atmosphere in web communities, explaining why names are not important to them.

The aftermath

Amazingly, almost all participants of Asiajin Meeting #1 went to the following Nijikai (a kind of post-event get-together Japanese style). This was a pleasant surprise and a first for me to see!

Thank you very much to all the presenters, guests, viewers and Andrew Shuttleworth for his great job with the livecast.

Be sure to join us for Asiajin Meeting Tokyo #2 (coming soon)!