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Naver Japan search revealed

open to 5,000 beta testers... naver japan unveils its new japanese search

     
10:33 am on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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After lots of starts and stops and hype [webmasterworld.com] over its new push into japan search market... Naver Japan search gives its first official glimpse of its new services.

Initial feedback is reported to be quite positive, and the patented combo SERPS, clean design and cool integrated flash elements seem quite nice (imho)...

but will it be enough? Time will tell.

Maybe someone from the Japan market can give more detail.

[naver.jp...]

- so sayeth Grendel"beat ya to it bill!"Khan{TSU}

6:46 am on June 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Nice catch Grendel.

They are saying that the release is scheduled later this summer. I played with all their previous incarnations so I'm not very inclined to jump into a closed beta test (seems like work). I think I'll wait until they release.

Anybody trying out the beta?

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Not seriously trying out the beta butthe intro was refreshing first thing this AM. Wish I could speak japanese!
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Some of beta testers report Naver Japan. It seems to have its original features extisting search engines such as Google and Yahoo! don't have.
Here is the most detailed review. (I wish if I could summarize it in English for you.)
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Can Naver Survive Japan on Second Attempt? [koreatimes.co.kr]

Community-based Search?

The search menus include the usual suspects in Web search, images and blogs, but also a question-and-answer message board that shows the latest hot topics in cyberspace and a new feature called "Matome," which is a Japanese word for "arranging."

Matome follows the success formula of Knowledge Search -- which allowed users to edit search results -- and expands it, making it a cross between Web search and Wikipedia.

Users are allowed to create a page dedicated to a certain topic and fill it with a variety of content, which will be exposed as search results. Users could also create a links collection page for text, images, videos, quotes and chat. For example, a Web page named "Tokyo Tourism Guide" could have users posting articles about tourist attractions, latest culture events, restaurant reviews and provide a collection of links on photos, videos and tourism Web sites.

As the article begins, "South Korean Internet companies claim they represent the world's best. Too bad they don't have the results to prove it." It would be nice if something like this took off in Japan.