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Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2007

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Are you into social networking sites like Facebook or Mixi?


Aiko Tanaka

Aiko Tanaka
Film editor, 28
I've been invited to join those kinds of sites but I don't use them — they're too much trouble. Sometimes strange people will try to contact you. MySpace is good for hearing bands and DJs, though.

Tomohisa Hirano

Tomohisa Hirano
Ring-tone programmer, 28
I use Mixi to contact friends in foreign countries. When I meet them in Japan it feels like it hasn't been a long time since we saw each other because we speak on Mixi. So I already know what's new with them.

Nathan Berry

Nathan Berry
Video game firm employee, 28 (Aussie)
I use those kinds of social networking sites to meet new people. I have been able to meet prospective models for my side-job as a photographer.

Samantha Seghers

Samantha Seghers
Translator, 36 (Australian)
I use one site because friends kept sending me invites. I don't like that people can find you, I would rather use regular e-mail to keep in touch with the people I want to. Those sites make socializing impersonal.

Loftur Thorarinsson

Loftur Thorarinsson
Student, 24 (Icelandic)
I spend too much time on them. I think Facebook is good for keeping in touch with people you already know. Mixi is good for meeting people with similar hobbies. It's fun to be a voyeur with your friends.

Maremi Watanabe

Maremi Watanabe
Filmmaker, 29
I don't use the sites that often, but I use them to see friends' pictures and see what they are up to. The extra perks such as games and "vampire bites" can be a bit annoying, but I always end up using them.



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