Tokyo Media War Facebook is attacking the City!!

I guess we’ll have to face it. This week we can officially say that Facebook will start to lay claim to the media market in Japan. I know that most you will immediately say to yourselves “Isn’t Facebook already in Japan?”. Well Yes but technically no, well not really. Continue reading “Tokyo Media War Facebook is attacking the City!!”

IDN Development is needed for IDN Progression

IDN Development is needed for IDN Progression

I personally believe that development is needed for IDNs to progress. I know, I know I always say this.

Currently I’m updating a few Japanese IDN sites I have. In doing this there are still technical issues with some technologies. As I go through this I want to check what is compatible & what’s not.

How would tech companies know that their technology is not compatible with IDNs if we don’t develop & let them know?

This is really a big one for me.
Remember when Google Analytics had a bug that was showing almost all IDN traffic from IE was coming from IE6 but other domains had a great mixture of IE6, IE7, & IE8? I contacted Google made them aware of this got the fix posted it here & now it’s actually fixed in Google Analytics.

Here’s my post about it.
I was in contact with them a year before I posted that.

This still needs to be done & still needs to be done openly. The recent issues I’m going through are with Twitter & Facebook. They both have done great jobs at being IDN friendly but some compatibility issues still exist.

1. In Twitter with the Twitter shortener it turns the IDN domain back to Punycode. That’s not cool.
2. On Twitter iPhone app if you have an IDN domain in your profile it displays as %/ etc. That also is certainly not good.

Things like this needs to be reported. When I started developing IDNs Google didn’t give PageRank to IDNs. This was a Google bug they didn’t know about. I even wrote on Matt Cutts blog about this. Currently there are IDNs with PageRank (unfortunately PageRank doesn’t matter anymore).

I already know that some may say Twitter, FaceBook, & Social Media aren’t relevant. They are to advertisers. They are to the people who maybe interested in IDNs in the future.
We have so many great domains in people’s hands but also so many just sitting with 2003 thoughts about the market & marketing.
I want people to be prepared to answer questions from potential buyers.
If I buy this domain can I use it in “Widgets” Campaign or are there any incompatibility issues?
A potential buyer might actually be turned off by “Well I don’t know” or “That’s for you to research”. Some of us have been holding IDNs for 5 to 10 years. You should know, actually we should care & be proactive. Even if it’s little by little.

As always this is my opinion I think I’ll have a few new IDN projects to display over the next few months.

Twitter Doublebyte keyword trends

Twitter has finally enabled double-byte keyword trends. This means that users can finally add hashmarks to Japanese, Chinese, Russian, or Arabic text.

It seems this feature came about this week & it’s up in the air how this will change the market. Twitter already has a huge stronghold on the Japanese market.

Since this is a domain blog I always wondered why some of the domain related publications did not cover their own brands on Social Media.
I wrote an article before that none of the domain forums actually own their twitter URL. DNF seems like they have their twitter account & are embracing social media.

As a former popular domain forum owner I have to give credit to Adam Dicker for keeping up with the times.