iPhone social camera app Instagram announced on its official Twitter account that it now supports Mixi, Japan’s largest real-side(as opposed to game-centric Gree/Mobage) social networking service. Hey Japan & Mixi users! We've added support in v2.2. Download the update to start sharing to your Mixi account now: http://t.co/FexfAJnU — Instagram (@instagram) March 1, 2012 Blog… Continue reading Instagram Supports Japanese Social Networks Mixi
2011 is over – reason enough to take a look at some of the key trends that shaped Japan’s web, mobile, and gaming industries last year. I could think, in no particular order, of five major developments that made a significant impact last year: March 11 Triple Disaster The triple disaster that hit Japan on… Continue reading 5 Trends In Japan’s Web And Mobile Worlds In 2011
Nekostagram (neko = cat in Japanese) is a simple web service which only shows cat photos from Instagram. The service was developed [J] by a Japanese Ruby developer @ruedap, uses official Instagram API on Ruby framework Sinatra. It runs on free plan on Heroku hosting service, and seems down by rush of visitors.
It’s no secret that in recent years, quite a few foreign (mostly American) web brands have made it big in Japan: Google, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Amazon etc. But what about startups that don’t have huge budgets to internationalize, no staff in Japan and – in some cases – not even a Japanese user interface (usually… Continue reading Which Foreign Startups Are Doing Well In Japan “Under The Radar”?
The Japanese love books (the book market over here is worth $23 billion annually) and cool mobile apps, for example the popular photo sharing app Instagram. Combine these two phenomena and you get a book on Instagram (dubbed: An Introduction To Instagram In 140 Characters). It’s totally silly (why should you get a printed book… Continue reading Japan Gets “How To Use Instagram” Book
Listagram is an unofficial Instagram related site by Kotaro Chiba, which lists up Instagram photos by specific user. Giving a single URL of the Instagram photo will show the set of photos by the user. You need to set profile if you want to be searched on it. RSS feed will be generated so you… Continue reading Listagram And Instastream – Two Instagram Mash-ups From Japan