Google+ Occupied By AKB48 Within A Day In Japan

After the unexpected collaboration announcement by Google and AKB48 project yesterday, Japanese Google+ scene is very reactivated.

The word by Google’s product VP Bradley Horowitz, who is visiting Japan (likely) for the AKB48 announcement is good how huge it is in Japan,

If you don’t know AKB48, you don’t live in Japan (or in fact, many other parts of Asia.) They are phenomenon that might be equivalent to the Beatles + American Idol + the Spice Girls + Justin Timberlake… They are a roster of more than 200 hand-selected performers who are the subject of huge media attention, and support from millions of devoted fans.

According to Google+ Ranking by UserLocal, top Japanese Google+ user by number of followers totally replaced with AKB48 girls. UserLocal also set up an AKB48-only followers ranking as it is the biggest interest on Japanese G+.

7 of the top 10(#2, #3 and #5-#9) are now AKB48 members who began Google+ yesterday. 20 AKBs are ranked in top 30. I was at around 25th before AKB but now at 67th after 42 AKBs 😉

In compare to Twitter, where the top rankers boast million followers, the most followed Japanese user only has sub-40K followers. When you think the influence of TV, it is not strange and the ranking will be soon occupied all by AKB48, or other TV celebrities may ride the bandwagon from Twitter and Ameblo.

This Google+’s move with AKB48 definitely let many ordinal people know and join Google+, but I am not sure how much Google expected this beforehand.

5 languages translation

As reported, their messages on Google+ are being translated into 5 languages. It is done by a Google user AKB48 Translator to translating some (not all) of top AKB48 members’ messages into 5 (or 6, as it seems to write both in Simplified and Traditional Chinese) languages like this.

[Update 2012-03-26] UserLocal seemed to split the ranking to “AKB” and “individuals”, as the 60th ranked AKB48 member has more followers than the top individual, Google+ followed ranking must become just the AKB48 popularity ranking.

JournalPlus – Google+ Hot News Aggregator In English/Chinese/Russian/etc.

Journal Plus is a new Google+ hot topics aggregation service by User Local Inc., Tokyo-based web start-up known by their website and social media traffic analysis services. It collects public posts on Google+, calculate their popularity by how many times they are shared and how many times they got +1 pressed.

Besides the global popular posts ranking, there are a lot of categorized rankings. By many countries like USA news, Russian news, Chinese news, Japanese news and many others from pull-down selection on the top.

Images and Videos ranking is good to find the latest buzzed images.

The most followed users ranking is also provided, both in worldwide and by countries. All tracked Google+ user can view how their public posts were shared and buzzed on the user page. (e.g. Robert Scoble’s)

User Local says the service is now tracking 4.2 million G+ users, 6.2 million public posts. They also released the Google+ users’ nationality demographics from their collecting data.

  1. USA 30.03%
  2. India 16.15%
  3. UK 3.14%
  4. Brazil 2.98%
  5. China 2.82%
  6. Indonesia 2.82%
  7. Canada 2.57%
  8. Japan 2.07%
  9. Germany 1.95%
  10. Viet Nam 1.76

WISH2010 Event Report – 15 Presenters And The Winner


After the panel of three key persons in Japanese social networks, there were 15 presenters demo, 10 from organizers’ choice and 5 fans’ vote out of 32 nominees.


A Twitter analysis tool by UserLocal, who provides web traffic analysis services (Nakanohito for PC, Ugokuhito for Japanese feature phone and UserInsight for enterprise). (from fan’s vote)


The first and only Japanese CSS3 Webfonts service supports over 250 fonts. All IE/Firefox/Chrome/Safari are available. Freemium model (you will be asked to pay for multiple websites)



A social translation service supports 47 languages by Anydoor (Asiajin). Your requesting texts will be translated by three different users to keep the quality.

(from fan’s vote) [English available]


A publishing platform for e-books, integrated with their successful book inventory service Bukulog.


A category social network for patients and their families.



A library websites aggregation and search service. Most Japanese libraries (over 5,000) are covered. Alerting when your wishing books are available at libraries you listed.


A social lending service which enables semi-direct lend-and-borrow Yen. [info in English]



a community for creating crowdsourced novels with Twitter account. (from fan’s vote) [English available]


A recording server to save all teresttrial TV channels for 24 hours over for one month. All recorded programs are tagged by using sub data and you may search and watch them remotely on iPhone/iPad/PC/Android.


An iPhone app pulishing system to make iPhone version groumet e-books from current printed magazines. (from fan’s vote)



An online realtime collaboration drawing tool. The English version is getting over 30,000 users from oversea, which is more than Japanese users. [English available]


A Twitter-based content aggregation site. Many users listed, edited and emphasized public discussion threads from Twitter. About 5 million page views per month. (from fan’s vote)


A “social camera” maker announced their coming new device “Cerevo Ustream Box” (tentative name), which sends any input from video line to Ustream.


A community site on where shoppers voice will be reflected to the next products bags and accessaries an online shop for self-designed PC bags and cases



A Possible Foursquare’s Japanese rival by Livedoor. Oriented to non-verbal social communication. Began with iPhone. Just released Japanese feature phones (3 carriers) and Android.


Sponsor’s session – PFU ScanSnap

ScanSnap is a commercial version of their world’s No.1 share enterprise scanner.

Recently many Japanese geeks scan their paper books/mangas, most case their report uses ScanSnap.

@kohmi’s Concert

A popular singer-songwriter Kohmi Hirose, @kohmi, who difinitely spread Twitter to non-geek people since her beginning Twitter last year, came to sing two of her songs for 550 attendees.


Prizes from contestant judge

AMN Awards – Garapon TV

Open Network Labs Awards – Orihime

TechWave Awards – Togetter

TechCrunch Japan Awards – Conyac

Impress Watch Awards – Cacoo Awards – Paboo Awards – Calil

Nikkei Digital Version Awards – Cerevo’s new gadget

The WISH 2010 Grand Prix

And the winner is… Paboo!


Gree CEO Tanaka commented that Paboo can be a platform service like Nico Nico Douga, which he values highly, and (of course) Gree.

Afterparty and WISH mascot character WISH-tan