Move over, Facebook Messenger: You’ve got company on the Firefox Social API. Mozilla announced the addition of several social partners to its application-programming interface, which launched last November, solely with Messenger.
Though Facebook is still frozen out of China, there is still major growth potential throughout Asia. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is in Japan now speaking about the social network’s plans to grow in the region that already has 255 million users.
For years, Mixi has been the social media site of choice in Japan. But new reports suggest that Facebook could overtake Mixi by the end of the year, thanks to The Social Network and a model that promotes more sharing of information.
Facebook hopes to grow its social influence in Asia, as the company recently announced that it invested in the Asia Pacific Gateway — a 6,214-mile underwater internet cable from Malaysia to Japan, with cables branching off to other countries.
Facebook has reached a membership of 10 million in Japan, more than double the number in September. But how close is that to overtaking the country’s leading social network, Mixi, which reported 15.2 million monthly active users last month?
Twitter has grown 428 percent in Japan over the past year, making it almost as popular as local Mixi.jp and more widespread than Facebook.
Facebook has introduced a feature to allow users to link their accounts with Japanese social network Mixi.