Here comes a little bit more disturbing information for Facebook. According to the special survey from this week’s Economist, Facebook’s international enlargement strategy may well face some problems in the foreseeable future (see the chart below, click to expand). Well, that’s for certain. But furthermore important is whether Facebook could (or is prepared to) adapt its conventional business model to fit the social norms and the culture in its new designed territories. Take Japan as a typical example. Although generally in most countries, the amount of Facebook users surpasses that of the users of Twitter much, 5 times more or in some instances, even 6 to 8 8 times.
However, in Japan, this percentage is less than one-third. Some analysts believe that the unpopularity of Facebook in Japan is principally due to its late entry into the market since the previous entrant and large incumbent like Mixi, has recently grasped nearly 80% of the marketplace share. But, still this could not clarify the growth discrepancies between Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook Japan premiered in-may 2008, only a month earlier while the Japanese version of twitter was presented. How could the difference be so large? Moreover, based on the latest Alexa rating of top sites in Japan, Facebook is high on top 10 10, while twitter and mix are rating 13 and 14, respectively. How could this happen at the same time when Facebook users in Japan are only one-third of the tweets users? It might be the case that the English version of Facebook is a lot more popular in Japan than its Japanese version, and even twitter. Others argue the unpopularity of Facebook in Japan is because of the real name policy.
But the length of this issue? Are there any other factors that may better clarify the Facebook problem in Japan? Could it be due to any further risks of using Facebook in Japan, or could it be due to a deep culture clash? Is a post which offers a relatively more in-depth look Here.
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