Big in Japan but in Texas

August 15, 2006

Since I live in Japan, I was intrigued by the idea of having Web 2.0 tools thought for the Japanese market but with a clean English interface… but it seems that Big in Japan has no  Japanese DNA; in fact Shazou says the server is in Texas.

Big in Japan: Powertools for Bloggers:

Big In Japan Big in Japan is an integrated toolkit for prosumer bloggers.

We started off by building little widgets that helped us in our daily Web lives (for our consultancy Weblogs Work and our own blog projects). We built a URL shortener with Web 2.0 features called elfURL. And some other things. Then we decided that it would be even better to have an integrated workbench so we could mash up widget functionality as we liked. Enter Big in Japan is a set of Ruby on Rails apps touched up with with Ajaxian gee whiz-ardry.

Big in Japan

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