Twitter banner ads in JP UI in IE only

Now Twitter comes with the banner ads in the upper right corner when you use IE from Japan IP address (presumably).

twitter banner ad japan ie

This is a great experiment for twitter how the banner ads work. However, I personally don’t like it makes it Japanese UI whenever it finds the user from Japanese IP address (which is quite common practice though). The same exact mistake google makes.

Update: They allow you t0 choose language in the settings.  When you choose English, Japanese UI and banner both disappeared,which is nice.

The art of messaging

Sending email to your friend is to force the recipient to read the message. It works as long as there’s a trust friendship between sender and receiver, though I’d admit that not all such messages are comfortable in my experiences.

Likewise, posting a new journal post and letting your buddy know that I have posted something is to force your buddy to read that particular post, though the degree of expectation is now less. That is, sender now expects receiver to read the message to a lessor degree at SNS journal posting environment like MIXI than it is with email environment (as a receiver, when you’d ignore or forget to read that message, it is OK). It is really up to recipient whether or not to read that message. But there is still some degrees of expectation remain. I can know when you read that message, when I know that you read that message I get happy. Even more happier, when I got comment.

In Twitter/tumblr, that expectation is now shifted one step further. you don’t know whether or not the recipient read that message and hence you don’t even bother if they read it. That is the art of messaging in twitter/tumblr, where, by default, they don’t even have the comment function.

I forgot to add blogging but it should be positioned somewhere in between twitter/tumber and SNS journal.

A blog is a home

to be sure, blog is personal as advocated by many such as dave winer. so i used to think Blog=Person. The notion of “home” and “away” applies here. On the other hand, the emerging messaging tools such as Twitter and Tumblr are making that notion irrelevant, where there is essentially no “home” or “away.” Thats why tumblr not having “comment” feature.

Find folks via gmail being disabled, tentatively or what?

I have found “find folks via gmail” feature in twitter, linkedin, facebook, and plaxo quite powerful and, as Fred Wilson described, inherent in social networking.  To me, the situation is, in a way, the gmail database being utilized (exploited?)by other platforms especially facebook, which is a threat and do not nesecacrily benefit to Google.

Yet it is a trurism that gmail in particular and email address in general is the engine of social networking platform. It might not be a win-win situation for Google and other platforms.

A few days ago, I just realized this feature is disabled in all the platforms I use and, according to twitter, due to a change in gmail contact system.


twitter penetrates 1% of the Internet users in Japan

according to some research, it says twitter has got 1% penetration and 12% awareness among the Internet users in Japan (article in Ja). Awesome, isn’t it? Without spending any advertising money ( I assume). But that article describes it quite negatively; making the comparison 40% awareness of mixi in 2004 before mixi broke with 12% of twitter today. The comparison is fair, but my feeling is that you just can not analyze the potential for the serivce like twitter in a traditional way. My feeling is that it has already tipped.

The long tail of thoughts

In the past, there was no tool or device to record them at such a trivial level.  But, Twitter is.  Maybe it  represents the long tail of thoughts and possibly enables the aggregation over time and even (if not necessary) across different individuals.

The definition of “new” (now) is being changed by twitter

With increased update cycle, blog posts once changed the definition of “new”(or “now”) that we had used to with the traditional media, broadcast or print. I think now is the time to re-define “new” (or “now”) again with twitter, which allows only 140 characters per twit(ter)  but with an amazingly higher update cycle than any other existing publishing tool. Wonder if Google or Technorati is going to capture this whole data set (say, every 5 minutes? And wonder if it is any meaningful at all?).

Being spontaneous, I bet, the quality of each twit(ter)  is so low. Yet I think we should embrace that spontaneity at the cost of quality, just like we did so with blog posts to traditional media. Besides, I have the feeling we have so many blogs posts that are essentially redundant including mine; we should often be able to boil down what we are going to blog post to a twit(ter) of less than 140 characters.

Obviously it is about the trade-off between Spontaneity and Time-To-Edit (hence, Cost of editorial).


definition of

Amazingly enough I searched “twitter search” and found, among many, this thing called twittersearch. WOW, Really amazing!

Update: Incidentally, thanks asyuu for pointing me at mybloglog blog; mybloglog is now being integrated with twitter account but so far I can not figure out how. I did myself somewhat similar a couple days ago instead by placing my mybloglog URL in twitter homepage section and my twitter URL in mybloglog homepage section in the hope of visitors being cross-referenced.

Update2: Just found the blog post by Andrew Parker where he believes many blog posts can be a twitter post less than 140 characters. I totally agree.