Twitter Killed my Blog

And then it killed itself... it was horrible...


... But it didn't kill my digital camera!!

2009.03.23 - Green Mondays

2009.04.30 - Danny Choo's Consumer Generated Arm Wrestling Night

2009.04.27 - Tokyo Beer and Blog #4 - Swagat Indian Restaurant

2009.06.08 - Tokyo2.0 #25 - The Web and Language

2009.06.09 - Geeks on a Plane

Everything's gone black.....

Wow ... little old New Zealand, eh? First thing that happens when we get bored and toss out the Labour Government is the new folks hire Franz Kafka to rewrite our copyright laws.... (Well, the second thing really - first was global economic catastrophsk, but I hesitate to pin that on the Nats!)

The guts is this ... soon ISPs will be forced to take down internet connections and websites of anyone accused (not convicted) of copyright infringement. We doth protest ... hence the internet blackout.


"Tokyo2Point0 and Adobe Communities to the MAX" pre-MAX party.

Adobe MAX, the annual Adobe developer and user conference/road-show is coming to Tokyo this month.  Community leader Andrew Shuttleworth and I thought this would be a great opportunity for a Tokyo2Point0 event, one where we can connect with the various Adobe communities here in Tokyo.

Ryan Stewart from Adobe has kindly offered to give us a special teaser presentation for MAX, and Ken Azuma - RIA master from 2ndFactory - will assist with interpreting duties.  Other special guests from Adobe will be there, as will people from the Flex User Group, Flash OOP, Spark Project, JCFUG and others.

UPDATE 2009-01-27:

Date: Wed 28th Jan
Time: 7pm Start
Location: Fiat Caffe, 2 min from Gaienmae Station
Entry: Free entry, with light food and drinks available from the bar
No Smoking Event!
Registration Required: Registrations have reached capacity - thanks to everyone!

Come along and mix it up with the Adobe user community, and meet the people behind Flash, Flex, Photoshop, and other great Adobe products!

Event Schedule:

19:00 Event opens - networking time

20:00 Adobe Community Lightning Intros

20:10 Ryan Stewart Presentation

21:00 Party time

22:00 Cafe open to public again. (Event guests are welcome to stay on)

Street View - go right for Aoyama Icchome, Left for Gaienmae:

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   image - Twitter based communities

imageAt the New Context Conference in November, Digital Garage announced their new Twitter-based community service - twicco.   DG had announced a partnership with Twitter, Inc., at the beginning of 2008 - See PDF (PDF? c'mon... !) and the have been working on localisation issues with the service.  twicco represents an extension of this relationship, and is produced by DG group's DGIncubation, Inc - although curiously there is no mention of the service on the DG Incubation website.

twicco works simply by taking @replies sent to an account, and posting them as updates to the account's timeline.  This changes twitter from a one-to-many to a many-to-many communications service, hence enabling groups or communities.

The interface is only in Japanese at the moment - and the instructions on the site are a little confused - but here is the rough guide to starting up a twicco group...


Looking for the pulse of Japan's Business SNS Scene at Softbank, Yahoo, and more...

Nothing like the slowdown over new years to spend some time digging around the net (.. as if I didn't spend enough time doing that anyway!).

I've been looking at the Business SNS Scene in Japan, signing up and kicking the tyres for a few weeks.  The lights are on, but is anyone home?


Startup Revolution - Using Metrics to grow your startup with Dave McClure and Sean Ellis

Friday (2008-12-19) I attended another great event organised by the indomitable Andrew Shuttleworth of Tokyo2Point0 fame. Dave McClure had taken time out from the Silicon Valley echo chamber to present his new religion - Metrics for Startup - to small but well formed group of budding Tokyo entrepreneurs. He had Sean Ellis of Startup Marketing along riding shotgun to present the second half of the event.


mixi's Open Strategy ... mixi Connect, mixi Appli and mixi OpenID

On the 11th of this month, mixi - Japan's largest social network - released the beta of their Open Web services. In fine closed Japanese form, the beta is limited to "corporate" developers. The site says that the service will be opened to individual developers too, but is not specific about when. Corporate developers can sign up here (Japanese).

mixi had 15.68 million users at the end of September, and has recently relaxed the rules for joining, by removing the requirement to be invited by other users, and lowering the age limit from 18 to 15. This is a bid to revive flagging growth, by targetting high schoolers and people - especially in rural areas - who simply don't know anyone who can invite them.


Web 2008 Expo - Day 2 - Yahoo! Japan announces new experimental mapping service

As part of the Geo-media session, Murata-san from Yahoo announced the release of "Pochi" a new mapping service from LatLongLab - a Yahoo! Japan unit whose stated goal is to "revolutionise online use of maps and location data".

Murata-san rightly questioned the usability of maps covered with icons, and unveiled a new, but somehow familiar interface - for Japanese users. The maps simply have text links on each of the properties - and clicking on these brings up various results in a panel on the left of the page. The resulting interface is similar to the Japanese local maps painted onto tin that can be found in neighbourhoods nation-wide.


Web 2008 Expo - Day 2 - Web Innovation & Creative Day - Mashup and Beyond

Mashup and Beyond

The final session of the conference was about Mashups - and specifically presenting the winners of the annual Mashup Awards, sponsored by Sun and Recruit

The session was moderated by Akihito Fujii, who works for Sun, but was there as founder of the Mashup Awards. Fujii-san is very active in supporting Open Source and Startup businesses in Tokyo.

The grand prize winner lives in Fukui Prefecture which is a bit of a hike from Tokyo, and could not make it to the conference, so the two runners up were there to tell their stories. These were again two very contrasting presentations, and the most technically interesting of the conference.

The first was "Air Sanpo" - which translates as "Air Walk" or "Air Stroll" - a multi-dimensional mashup, followed by Newsgraphy - a mashup of news API, filtering and analysis and geometric science.


Web 2008 Expo - Day 2 - Web Innovation & Creative Day - Geomedia-fying the Web

Geomedia-fying the Web

The Panel discussion on Geomedia on the Web was moderated by Naoyuki Seki from the GeoMedia Summit organising committee, and the panelists were Takehiko Murata from Yahoo Regional Services (ex. president of Mapion), and Gen Miyazawa, president of Cirius Technologies.

First they went through the history of maps and online and mobile mapping:

Ancient Prehistory - maps are used for communication - perhaps even before language
1997 - first free maps online - Mapion
1999 - mobile web begins - imode, ezweb, jsky
2002 - mobiles with GPS - gps sites and games
2005 - Google maps - free to use API

Murata-san said he considered the most significant recent milestones in the mapping industry were in 1997, where Mapion made maps free to use online, and 2005, when Google made maps free to "re-use" online. This has obviously changed the came in the mapmaking industry, and he recalled being berated by an analogue map producer at an industry party in the early days for giving his product away online.

The discussion covered the market for location aware media services, and Murata-san noted that while the current market for such services online is about 5 trillion yen, the paper based advertising market for local services (flyers, newspaper inserts, etc.) is 145 trillion yen, so there is still a huge amont of market that could potentially be changed to digital.


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