Web 2.0: The Japanese Way

Web 2.0 in Japan

Chris Barr directed me to PingMag where I read up on Web 2.0 in Japan. As you’d expect, it’s mighty pretty and there are some interesting comparisons to the web services in Japan and the United States :

Japan is a country renowned for it’s technological prowess – being on the cutting edge of robotics, hybrid car research, video game entertainment and countless other areas. Strange then, that whilst the rest of the world has seen a huge boom in “Web 2.0” style services on the Internet over the past 12 months, Japan has been somewhat lagging behind. Fear not, however, as Japan is slowly catching up. Here is a quick look at some of the Web 2.0 goodness coming out of Japan and a look at their Western equivalents.

Among the spaces discussed, PingMag compares Social Networking (Myspace, Facebook, Blogger vs. Mixi, GREE), Video Sharing (YouTube vs. hatenatube), Podcasting (Podcast Alley, Odeo vs. ZapZap), Productivity (Ta-da Lists, Orchestrate vs. Checkpad), Start Pages (Netvibes vs. StartForce), Blog Tracking (Technorati vs. Kizasi) and finally, Industry News (TechCrunch, Digg vs. 100shiki, Hatena Bookmarks). Of all the services mentioned, Kizasi seems interesting to me since it’s like technorati + TechMeme combined. Lots of tasty Japanese screenshots after the jump.

Read PingMag’s Web 2.0 in Japan here…

3 thoughts on “Web 2.0: The Japanese Way

  1. I don’t find it strange at all that Japan is “lagging behind” as far as Web 2.0 services go. The Internet is still not a *huge* part of daily life for most Japanese people. For instance, I work with many high school and JH kids in a relatively affluent suburb, and I’d say that about 90% of them do not go online on a regular basis. Many of my adult friends spend just a few minutes online each day, rather than the few hours that American adults might spend online.

  2. Hmm, the type of lifestyle does matter… perhaps it would be useful to find out the intensity of the blogosphere in different countries.

  3. I would guess that there is also a difference in how the Internet is used in other countries. For example, the use of mobile devices vs. desktop PCs would make a huge difference in the kind of services you would choose to access online.

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