It seems Twitter is poised to go into overdrive in Japan, the world’s third largest Internet nation. Yesterday, we reported that major mobile carrier SoftBank Mobile collaborates with Twitter to bring cell phones with Twitter pre-installed to Japanese customers. And today, Digital Garage (the company’s partner in Japan since 2008) announced [JP, PDF] Twitter’s co-founder and creative director Biz Stone has joined its advisory board.
Established in 1995, Tokyo-based Digital Garage has incubated and localized a number of large web brands, i.e. Twitter, Japan’s leading price engine Kakaku.com, or Infoseek. For the next three years, Stone will not only help the company to grow Twitter’s business in Japan but also advise CGM Marketing [JP], a Digital Garage subsidiary that markets Twitter in this country.
Stone also steps in as a mentor for Open Network Lab, a Y Combinator-like incubator Digital Garage and two other companies established last month in Tokyo, joining the likes of Napster founder Shawn Fanning, Tim O’Reilly, ot LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman (who has been a member of Digital Garage’s advisory board since 2007).
Biz Stone is co-founder of Twitter, a real-time, one-to-many network that is changing the way people communicate around the world. Previously, Biz helped build other popular social media services Xanga, Blogger, and Odeo. After launching the journalling service Xanga in 2000, Biz went on to publish two books about the origins and social significance of blogging. In 2003, Google invited Biz to join a recently acquired Blogger.com team at its Silicon Valley headquarters in a full-time, senior role. Biz helped...