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Muz1234

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I was wondering, before Windows Live shut down, was Windows Live popular in Japan, before Facebook?
 

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Japanese have been using LINE for the last 10 years or so.
Before that, MIXI was popular.
Before that... what anybody using any instant messaging before 2007??
 

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Japanese have been using LINE for the last 10 years or so.
Before that, MIXI was popular.
Before that... what anybody using any instant messaging before 2007??
How do you use MIXI? Do you have to understand Japanese to use MIXI?
 

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Last I knew you had to have a Japanese cell phone email address to use MIXI. And yes, it is all in Japanese.
 

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Really? I was pretty active on mixi back in the day, and I'm almost 100% positive it didn't require a cell phone email address at all, let alone specifically one in any particular region. (My login ID was my PC email account.)

(edit: Double-checked this on Wikipedia.)​

wikipedia said:
メールアドレスについては、当初はPCメールアドレスを持っていないと登録できなかったが、2006年12月4日より、携帯電話のメールアドレスでも登録可能となった。2007年3月27日からはフリーメールのアドレスによる登録には、携帯電話のメールアドレスを併せて登録することが必須となった[4]プロバイダ発行のメールアカウントでは携帯のメールアカウントは不要)。
Apparently it originally required a PC email address to register, then from 12/2006 began allowing cell phone email addresses, then from 3/2007 began requiring a cell phone address as backup confirmation for people who registered with free email provider accounts. There was no such requirement for those registering with other email addresses, such as ones linked to an internet provider. (It goes on to mention requiring a cell phone address down the line, but as I recall, this was long after the service had fallen from popularity.)​

I can't remember whether or not there was a (limited) English-language interface, but it doesn't really matter, as 99.9999999% of the users were Japanese native speakers interacting entirely in Japanese, anonymously and centered around communities based upon their interests (musical artists and bands, authors, sports, hobbies, etc.) The users would often get together for オフ会 (in-person gatherings of online friends).

I have a lot of fond memories of mixi, as I met some really cool people through it when I first came to Tokyo, some of whom ended up close real-life friends. (My now-wife is actually the friend of a friend I originally met through mixi.)

Anyway, there's really no point in joining mixi anymore, as (1) barely anyone is active on it these days (the membership was already dwindling in the latter days I was using it, and I don't think I've logged in in over five years), and (2) the small number of people still using it are most likely just doing so to interact with people they met a long time ago.

Even in its heyday, again, it wasn't an "instant messaging" service but rather a community and diary-based site designed to bring together people with the same hobbies. People rarely used their real names or posted photos, they talked about their interests rather than humblebragging about their lives and accomplishments, and so on and so forth. There isn't really anything like it today (but now I'm just getting into nostalgic old person mode.)
 
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No. It is still in operation, but with very few active users, as I already said in my post.
 

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Really? I was pretty active on mixi back in the day, and I'm almost 100% positive it didn't require a cell phone email address at all, let alone specifically one in any particular region. (My login ID was my PC email account.)

When I signed up it did require it for verification and did not like just my gmail address by itself. I had to also have a Japanese cell phone email address. When my wife signed up, years earlier, it was not required. I ended up using her cell phone email address to verify my account as it was not registered to hers. I used it a fair amount for a while but, like you, its probably been five years or more since I last logged in.
 
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