Big Chainstores Troubled With Social Media Photos Of Their Stupid Part Timers

My monthly column on The Japan Times this month was about young part time workers photo troubles over Twitter.

It was not possible to post the inconsiderate photos there, so I put some links for people who want to see the photos.

A summary site someone collected the problematic photos [J] (because most case the posters ran away with shutting down their Twitter accounts). It has 3 new ones in last 2 days, so the movement keeps going.

These series of incidents are now on several major media. Today Nikkei took up the problem as huge risk for enterprises [J].

Many columnists and opinion bloggers attempted to analyze why. Newsweek Japan’s columnist Akihiko Reizei from New Jersey wrote that prank by youth is much more accepted as an elites’ culture, with referring Rookie Hazing and MIT Hacks. According to him, there are no such prank culture by low wagers in fast food industry. I showed some to Japanese Twitter users.

Follow-up Of The Social Networking Column On The Japan Times

This morning column 2011: The year when Japan went global over social networking on The Japan Times, both on paper and online, Japanese English-language newspaper is a monthly tech column brought by Asiajin.

As it is for newspaper, there are not enough space to show the references. I leave the links here from my writing memo for who would like to research deeper.

Mixi vs Facebook

Besides that, Nielsen/NetRatings also revised its terminology from “users” to “visitors”. “To avoid misunderstandings”, it is going to use “visitors” instead of “users” from now on.

Mixi is basically a closed network, however, Facebook, though which also started as a closed network, gradually increased open pages for the Internet. “visitors” include people who happen to visit Facebook page once in the month even if they are not a Facebook member. I googled how many of Mixi and Facebook pages are indexed on Google, 7 billion Facebook pages are viewable from Google Search, but only 200,000 Mixi pages are there.

Twitter Barusu

Another anime line on TV which lets Japanese user chant is “No, he stole something quite precious. Your heart.” by Inspector Zenigata in The Castle of Cagliostro, another Hayao Miyazaki’s movie. But “Barusu” is much simpler so attract more attendees.

Google+ and AKB48

We reported this on their release day and the next day on Asiajin.