Tinami[J], a fourteen-year-old illustration sharing site for cartoonists and animators, completed the integrations with Ustream and Stickam last week, and it now allows users of the service to broadcast live videos of their drawing processes via the two streaming services and to communicate with their fans.
Furthermore, the site introduced an API[J] for developers who wish to develop mash-up web services or collaboration smartphone apps. Prior to the introduction, the API is provided to pixViewer[J], an iPhone app for viewing illustrations posted on the services such as Tumbler, PIXA[J] and pixiv[J], those on Tinami became available with the app as well.
As of March 2010, Tinami earns 8.7 million page views per month, engaged 65,000 users and stored 130,000 illustrated items, and it is expecting the API introduction will spur on the movement to invent iPhone, iPad and Xperia[J] (An Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson) apps in collaboration with the site.
The following is a YouTube video introducing pixViewer (for free) as an example using Tinami API.
Today on Stickam Japan, a girl whose handle is _mextli attempted suicide by jumping off her balcony, the 4th floor of apartment, during her live videostream, some watchers wrote on 2 channel BBS.
It seemed to happen around midnight November 28th Japan Time, police officers visit was watched by the program watcher net-users and reported on 2 channel. Those officers read up her farewell note and gave some sentiment in front of the webcam without noticing they were broadcasted, one watcher had recorded and uploaded that part on YouTube.
2 channel logs were summarized [J] on few 2 channel summary blogs and became buzzword among Japanese twitter users. No traditional media have reported on this yet at 5 a.m. Some 2 channel users wrote that she broadcasted slashing her wrist before on the same site and someone called police.
It is still unknown how she is. It is still possible that it is fake to get attention (I hope so).
There was another suicide attempt broadcast on NicoNico Nama Housou, popular movie site NicoNico Douga’s sub service for users livestream. Another girl cut her wrist a little on live [J], later she confessed that it was fake and the blood was red food colouring.