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 think there is some truth in it.
Yukan Fuji, a popular Japanese evening print newspaper targeted at males of 30’s – 50’s, has its own blog: Yukan Fuji Blog or 夕刊フジBLOG. Attracting new readers by having the well positioned links (upper left corner) in the default google.co.jp’s personalized homepage:
While Yukan Fuji is a member of Fujisankei Communications Group, one of the most prestigious and traditional media conglomerates in Japan, what I like about this blog is that it is amazingly open and transparent, allowing both comments and trackbacks to the public.(not sure if they’d moderate comments and trackbacks). Anyway, as it proclaims, it is the first media in Japan (I think they mean among “old” media) to have its official blog.
UPDATE: In its follow up, Yukan Fuji acknowledges that blogging would complement the timeliness of reporting, which print newspaper falls short of. But hey, it is not only timeliness but also a variety of media format the print media can provide and in the age of exploding YouTube, Yukan Fuji blog definitely needs: video. No?
以前からブログでやりとりしていたエジョビー（在ニューヨーク）が、このたび、新しい企画(gather.at) のパーティを催すというので、先日渋谷まで行って参りました。年齢的にも、かなり場違いかなと思いつつも、まぁ、せっかくだし、いってきました。きっとぼ くが最年長だったに違いない。そしたら、エジョビーがビデオをとっていたらしく、ビデオそのものはすごくよくできてます。ついにYouTube初出演してしまいました。（ちょっとだけ、ですけどネ。。）
Friendship is a journey,…
CNET Japan reports (in Japanese) YouTube viewers reached 4,100,000 /month, overtaking Gyao, which is at 3,800,000/month. Gyao, as I wrote before, obviously imprisoned to the directory type user interface, one-way
streaming video on demand from the top/center and misses out on the power of communities.
Word of mouth might just take care of itself when the product or service is remarkable like YouTube. No adaptation to specific local market needs. The following chart is the comparison of community size for YouTube vs. Google Video inside Mixi.
UPdate: Thanks Ben for pointing me at http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=238
Update: For the record, when Google acquired YouTube, October 11 (Japan time), 2006, its community inside mixi has grown to the 2nd larget community with the membership of 124,679 (at the time of this writing), 736 times bigger than it was 166 days ago (April 29).
Gyao.jp is one of Japan fastest growing free of charge video streaming services, with a registered membership of 9.6 million+. Despite its self-proclaimed success, it, too, has the typical “directory” type user interface, akin to Yahoo’s. Might be comfortable to those who are accustomed to viewing TV by channel. At the same time, it will limit its growth in its own right. What a significant contrast to the user interface of YouTube.
Update: graph In addition, if they’d listen to what Joshusa Schachter preaches here (via himazu blog), gyao.jp would not have made it a mandatory for a new user to fill in all the profile information at the time of registration. It is a total waste of every opportunity; by no means worth the effort of anybody. But I understand a client generally likes it; but it is our job to convince the client not to pursue whatever won’t work. Note amazon would not ask any of these. Nor does flickr, nor does del.icio.us, dor does youtube, so on and so forth. It’s only tagging, not profiling.