Are Japanese people using different websites than users in other countries? Back in July 2008 and 2009, we made two lists that showed some similarities and differences in usage, and now it’s time for a reboot.
We know that this list is highly subjective. We know that some sites are not identical in nature (but just similar) in some cases (Netflix-Posren, for example). Leave a comment if you want to know more or think one of these attributions is off.
I linked to the English versions whenever possible (see the [ENG] mark).
Here’s the list (in no particular order):
What is the Japanese equivalent of Tripadvisor?
-> Since our first list in 2008, Google caught up in terms of search engine-related traffic and is now cooperating with Yahoo in Japan.
-> Photozou, now a Zynga Japan property, plays in the same league as Flickr in Japan.
Hatena Bookmark. [ENG]
Hatena Hot Entry.
-> Hatena lists up the “hottest” bookmarks by their users here.
No equivalent (many business social networks failed in Japan – look here for a list).
YouTube Japan and Nico Nico Douga.
-> Online mall Rakuten is actually Japan’s biggest e-commerce player.
dooyoo (price comparison engine)?
No equivalent (there is no culture for classifieds in Japan, which means an instant success for a “Japanese Craigslist” is next to impossible to achieve).
Tabelog and Gourmet Navigator.
IMDb (Internet Movie Database)?
Nihon Eiga Database (Japan Movie Database).
Wall Street Journal Online?
Nikkei Online. [ENG]
Yahoo! Japan Auctions.
acTVila. BeeTV from NTT Docomo on cell phones.
Futaba (the original).
Oshiete!goo, OKWave, and Yahoo! Chiebukuro.
-> OKWave is powering Oshiete!goo and a host of other Q&A sites in Japan.
Yahoo Mobage. GREE and Mobage-town on cell phones.
In case you want to know more, please add a comment.
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