With Ameba.jp jumping into competition in the micro blogging market, we can all be assured that this side of the market is surely vulnerable. Twitter has about 4.7 M users in Japan but with the introduction of Ameba which is more tuned towards its local population could as well be a game changer.
The site’s owner CyberAgent has a secret weapon. He employes a staff of 10 people who go around trying to pursuade celebrities and upcoming artists to join Ameba. About how they are going to make money is still a question althought a thorough business model has not been explained yet. “Right now we want to increase our users” says Nagayama, the producer of the Ameba service.
Ameba can be accessed at here.