Mixi says that my invitation function is currently disabled, notifying that they ban the act of inviting, in public, someone I don’t “know” such as in the bulletin board. In my previous post (a blog, that is), I showed how to set up a mixi account in a tutorial style but I didn’t say that I will send an invitation, even though many have asked me to do so.
I think It is at best ambiguous as to if I am the one who invited the person that I don’t know; and without defining the act of “knowing” means in this context (menshiki no nai or 面識のない in Japanese again still ambiguous even in its original language.) All I can say is many if not most online friends (i dare call so) are those I haven’t met in person. Especially in an ‘open is the new proprietary’ world, I think mixi should be more clear on this.
Update: I think the real question that MIXI should ask is how do we know we know each other? I bet a substantial portion of maimiku (buddy or friend by invitation or by authorization) don’t, in fact, know each other; yet, the meaning of “know” might vary among the users of that particular term.
Update2: I learned mixi joined openID project with a bunch of other prestigious internet players in Japan. But not sure how they will solve the problem like this.
As I was gonna go to bed in 2 a.m in Tokyo, this news just caught my eyes and I couldn’t help briefly translating the original techcrunch post.
Here it goes in ja:
Google YouTubeに対抗するオンラインビデオ共有サービスが、ジョイントベンチャーという形態で今年の夏に始動する模様です。これはまだ未発表なんだけれども、TechCrunchのスクープです。ジョイントベンチャーに顔を並べたのは米既存メディアの大手で、確認されただけでも、MySpaceを有するNewsCorpとNBC/Universal. 先日GooTubeを訴えたViacomが参画してるかどうかは不明。また、コンテンツの流通（検索および紹介、リンクで）は、AOL, MySpace, MSN,そして Yahooが提携すると。
I’m not sure if this kind of TOP DOWN approach is going to help social media services to take off here in Japan or elsewhere. They are, by nature, bottom up. As of today, my space community inside mixi has 3,665 members.
Interestingly, it is MIXI CTO http://mixi.jp/show_friend.pl?id=1 and id=2 is its president http://mixi.jp/show_friend.pl?id=2 . Obviously, the Word of Mouth (WOM) spread from these two guys, via invitation after invitation after invitation.
By the way, the face of mySpace Tom immediately becomes your friend upon signing up with mySpace: http://www.myspace.com/tom
While Mixi is by-invitation only and mySpace is free to join, seems the key persons at MIXI and mySpace are equally open and friendly to its members. It is interesting to see how mySpace will tailor its openness and friendliness to Japanese SNS market and generate WOM, when they will enter Japan’s SNS market (via Gen Kanai blog) this fall with the 50:50 partinership with softbank.
I know it is NOT a fair comparison, but just for fun:
I know it is A fair comparison, again just for fun: self-explanetory..
Update: こちらはCNET JAPANの記事。
A Pennsylvania congressman has introduced legislation that would ban minors from accessing social networking Web sites such as MySpace, according to Fox News. (First I got to know the news via danah boyd.) Not sure if this makes things better. I’d bet minors
in Pennsylvania would cheat their age when signing up for MySpace (I guess this is practically impossible to enforce). Or, should they require the ID presentation at sign up, then the MySpace business model will probably collapse. how sad…
Update: Mike Arrington of TechCrunch, also a lawyer, evaluates the new remedies mySpace plans to implement the next week.
Update: 2006/07/28 TEchCrunch reports that the bill has been passed.