Last week, Japanese Twittersphere had much debate on the topic how Twitter and social media are weak against disinformation, as a false news site Kyoko-shimbun was criticized by publishing a fake news with a real politician’s name and photo. The big astronomical event on May 21 morning gave us lots of moving photos, but it… Continue reading Fakes On Annular Solar Eclipse So Buzzed
Tokyo-based mobile tech company jig.jp today announced it acquired Mindscope, the startup behind popular Twitter client movatwitter. movatwitter is Japanese-only, web-based and as such usable across various platforms, including smartphones, feature phones, the PC or handheld consoles like the Sony Vita or the Nintendo 3DS. Around 2009, Twitter’s official Japanese top page featured the app… Continue reading Movatwitter Has A New Owner: jig.jp Buys Twitter Client Operator Mindscope
Twitter Japan official blog announced [J] that the brand page for promotion launched in Japanese Twitter. The new advertising program on Japan’s (probably) most popular social networking service is introduced 4 month after its US launch. The first three companies use the brand page are the largest telco NTT Docomo, convenience chain store Lawson and… Continue reading Twitter Japan Starts Brand Page With Docomo, Lawson and Warner
In Japan, April is the start of school year, and many TV programs also begin this season. Japan’s public broadcasting network NHK began weekday midnight news program News Web 24 [J] works with the popular Internet service, Twitter. # The 24 in “News Web 24” means 24 o’clock, means 00:00, which is often used in… Continue reading NHK Starts News Program Interacts With Twitter Messages By Watchers
2011 was not only a year that changed the geography of Japan but also a year that drastically altered the way Japanese people use social media. Facebook came out of nowhere and increased its user base more than 200% (Socialbakers) , Twitter became mainstream (Study 4) and a Comscore report claimed that Mixi is not #1 social… Continue reading A Summary of the Latest Studies about Japan & Social Media
A Japanese column media Omocoro [J] ran an interesting test in Shibuya, one of the most crowded area in Tokyo. A writer Sebuyama tries to find a random person whose tweets show he/she is in Shibuya. All 3 target were picked up from search by “Shibuya nau(=now in Shibuya)” on Twitter, which sometimes could be… Continue reading Experiment: Can You Identify Twitter Users In Tokyo?
Japan’s largest web service Yahoo! Japan announced [J] that its PC version top page, the most accessed page in Japan, starts offering the top three trending keywords from Twitter, named with “Wadai Nau”(nau=now, current topics) As you see, the place the keywords showed is just under the top news box (from Yahoo! News), the prime… Continue reading Yahoo! Japan Top Page Now Shows Twitter’s Top 3 Trending Keywords
Mangajet [J] is a new Japanese service which let you make a Japanese manga-comic style illustration with provided characters, background images, baloons with your text. The generated comic strip can be saved and shared on Twitter. Following to the Japanese manga standard, text will be written in top-to-bottom direction so Western languages won’t fit well,… Continue reading Mangajet Makes Your Tweet Into A Comic-style Illustration
Twitter added more choices of cities on its trending keywords in Japan on February 2. There were only all-Japan and Tokyo rankings before. 6 cities, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Sendai are the new ones. View Twitter Trends On New Japanese Cities in a full screen map There are many bigger cities than Sendai,… Continue reading Not Only Tokyo – Twitter Japan Adds 6 More Japanese Cities On Trending Topics
Twitter Japan official blog announced on January 23 that they added a feature to find friends from your Yahoo! Japan mail address. Twitter Japan supported Gmail and Microsoft Hotmail and Messenger address books to search your friend on Twitter.