There has been a lot of coverage about me2DAY and Twitter on KMixx these days and it certainly makes sense as microblogging is a huge current trend. I’ve been an active user of both services for over a year and have noticed stark differences between the two. There is a lot to go over so coverage will be divided into a three part series. The first part will cover the developer ecosystem around both services while future parts will cover differences in the user bases as well as take a look at the future of microblogging service in Korea.
Twitter Developer Ecosystem
Both me2DAY and Twitter offer open API’s for third party developers. Twitter’s may be well known as a number of popular services have been created around Twitter and many sites now display Twitter logins. A couple of popular “pick and shovel” Twitter services include Twitpic, WeFollow and TwitVid. Disqus takes advantage of Twitter’s login service to improve blog comments. Users with smartphones utilize applications such as Tweetie or echofon to access Twitter on the go while desktop applications such as Seesmic are highly popular. In addition to these, there have been many local services created specifically for the Korean market. Here is a look at a couple.
Those of you who can’t read Korean might notice KoreanTweeters has a familiar layout to it. It’s basically a clone of WeFollow, a user created Twitter directory. KoreanTweeters makes this concept relevant to the Korean market by limiting its user base to Korean users of the service. KoreanTweeters ranks Yuna Kim, winner of figure skating gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, as the most popular Korean Twitter user with over 119,000 followers. Number two on the list is Oisoo Lee, a Korean novelist.
TwtMT is another Twitter service created specifically for the Korean market. TwtMT is a Twitter based event site which allows users to create events and makes RSVPing quick and easy. This service has become extremely popular due to its viral capabilities. When a person RSVPs to an event on TwtMT, a post is submitted to their Twitter account stating they have RSVP’ed to the event.
me2DAY Developer Ecosystem
me2DAY also has an open API and while a number of services have been created around me2DAY, the number is obviously much smaller. In addition, most of the applications built around Twitter seem to add functionality to the service while most of the applications built around me2DAY add entertainment benefits to the site.
The most popular service created for me2DAY is nOne (pronounced no-neh). Roughly translated, nOne means “having fun” in Korean. To login, all users have to do is enter their me2DAY user ID and the service automatically connects. There are several features on the site but the most popular is the 지지자, or supporters feature. The supporters feature keeps track of who posts the most comments on your me2DAY, ranks them and creates a badge you can post to your me2DAY with your supporters avatars.
me2DAY has more buit-in functionality and part of this may be attributed to the fact that their developer ecosystem is smaller. While users post photos to Twitter using third party services, me2DAY has this functionality built-in. Third party me2DAY iPhone apps exist but development of these apps have all but come to a halt since me2DAY released the official me2DAY iPhone app.
Post to Twitter but not me2DAY?
Many popular services currently tie into Twitter for obvious reasons. For example, if you are a user of Foursquare, you can post your check-in’s to your Twitter account. Korean Foursquare users who want to post their check-in locations to me2DAY have no choice.
This is a post on me2DAY calling users to contact Foursquare to request “Post to me2DAY” functionality. KMixx utilizes Disqus for blog comments and users are able to login using their Twitter but not me2DAY.
While Twitter and me2DAY both offer open API’s, it’s clear to see the developer ecosystems that have surfaced around these services are quite different. me2DAY recently passed a million registered users and as the service grows larger, developers may feel more reason to create services around the site. While many are available today, I hope the range of available services expands from entertainment to adding functionality.