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Zuckerberg tells Noda tsunami inspired him to widen Facebook's role

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That's the first time I have seen Zuckerberg wearing a suit.

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I wonder why he is here? There are no ACCJ events with him scheduled. Unless just to meet Noda. I would not travel all that way to see Noda.

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So he can only come at the behest of the ACCJ? Pffft, get real, Japan has been occasionally know to be a tourist destination and he was just in China, too.

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Nothing worth doing is pointless, but only Zuckerberg could go to China.

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Obviously Noda has nothing better to do than meet the founder of some social networking site. Japan's in perfect condition with nothing needing doing at the moment.

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@brainiac: because he has a wife now. :)

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he believes Facebook can be used to help people in disasters keep in touch and provide them with crucial information.

Hmmm... and if said disaster has knocked out internet and telecommunication lines?

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@brainiac - ditto. its because Japan changes people...

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Respect for caring, but truth be told don't you think they just copied what Yahoo Japan was doing?

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Facebook was a life saver last year with everyone checking in and updating things. Dislike it for whatever reasons but it provides a useful service for situations like last year. I know it helped reduce my stress, gave me updates faster than the news could and really showed me that the world does care about Japan and the people who were affected by this all.

Has also helped out TEPCO and the government with all their lies.

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For two rich men they sure wear very poor quality suits.

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"That's the first time I have seen Zuckerberg wearing a suit."

Didn't bother to tighten his tie though. By the way, Facebook users in Japan have doubled to10 million over the past six months (for the record I don't have a Facebook account).

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Facebook was great after the earthquake last year- because normal phone and SMSing wasn't possible my husband and I were still able to get in touch with each other easily through our phones, he was able to arrange to borrow a bike from friends to travel the second half of the 32km home from work and friends who lived more centrally offered places to stay to people who lived further out.

Knock it and Mark Zuckerburg all you like, it was invaluable to us last year.

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"the Hollywood portrayal of him wasn't completely on target"

Ya don't say.

"they sure wear very poor quality suits"

You sure? What do you know about the quality of their suits?

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I agree with Apsara and others, knock Facebook and other social networking sites all you want, but at the end of the day, it's just another communication tool that can prove to be very valuable, even lifesaving IF the user is responsible and uses it in moderation. That's the key, folks. And, as for the timing of Zuckerberg's trip to Japan, it's cherry blossom time - who wouldn't want to be in Japan!!

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Facebook was great after the earthquake...Knock it and Mark Zuckerburg all you like, it was invaluable to us last year.

Not only that but it was invaluable in setting up groups/npos etc who delivered aid, organised clean up crews etc and continue to do so. Many wouldn't have been able to do anywhere near what they have done (or anything at all?) without the information/connections made on Facebook. It obviously wasn't set up for that but it was an essential tool last year.

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What's the fuzz. Let him visit Japan and the Tsunami victims. Whatever his reasons, it's his not ours to analyze or criticized.

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I'm not a huge fan or user of FB but on the day of the quake I remember everyone being unable to get through to loved ones on their standard mobile phones while the few people around me with SmartPhones were able to contact relatives overseas via FB or other means almost immediately to let them know they were okay. And I thought 'damn. Wish I had thought of that!' That's the first time that I felt that I might actually NEED FB for something, or at least a SmartPhone.....

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I agree with zichi. Surely they could have splurged a little more to buy better suits than that! It's funny how Noda is facing the camera but Zuckerburg is facing Noda.

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Wasting Noda's time.

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Welcome Mr.Zuckerberg, Glad you could take the time to visit Japan and help promote your Facebook endeavor. More power to you!

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Noda wasting Zuckerburg`s time who probably has way more followers and supporters even in Japan?

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I have never understood why people "like" to give every personal detail about themselves to a huge, profit hungry company. Facebook is one of the most pernicious things in the world today. Never used it, never, ever will.

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Look suit and tie, even zukerburg is a salaryman in japan. I am sure u can pick him up along hanzomon line drunk this weekend.

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Now just rereading the title. Didnt know Noda caused the tsunami.

Oh and I think facebook is a scary website, yet I use it daily to keep in touch with my friends oversea.

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Facebook is a waste of time, and I feel sorry for those hooked on it. Real information moved much faster on SKYPE. Live feed kids... If you were able to get your computer on line, why would you look at face book for info when you could have checked live with others around the world and in Japan?

I guess you had to look at your wall, and see what your other fake 500 friends were thinking about the situation.

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I saw the meeting on the news last night. Its weird to see Noda with such a huge smile on his face. Looks like he was star struck with Zuckerberg. So strange.

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If you were able to get your computer on line, why would you look at face book for info when you could have checked live with others around the world and in Japan?

And if like me you were not able to get your computer on line? Getting through to one person who got through to another person who was able to post on FB that I and the rest of the family were safe, put a lot of people's minds at ease much faster and with greater efficiency than if we were all waiting to get all our computers on line to Skype each other. Skype is good, I like Skype, - but FB was a godsend last March.

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Hi! Me again...Does anyone remember seeing this post in the FB Group "Disaster News Straight from Japan In English" about how Jessica Besecker was found?

(Yuko Nagata post) "OMG OMG OMG I found her!!! I checked the Omose Matsuiwa Schools on google map and just call straight to her school! And one male teacher answers that phone and he said "Yeah, Jessica is our teacher and she is sitting next to me!" I was freaking out from this miracle, so I didn't even explain who I was when I first talked to her. She was like "uh? Who is this?!?!?" I must sounds like a real crazy high tension japanese girl!! And I finally claimed down and told her who I was. She said that she couldn't have an access to internet after tsunami came so she couldn't contact with her family. She sounds ok:)) I AM SO HAPPY for Jessica's mom and rest of her family!!! Great news!"

This group was started by Yuko and her friend Akane. This story became part of a TexX presentation in Singapore even! It's just a testimony to the power of Social Networks during times of disasters and seeming hopelessness.

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Of course since he's visiting Japan, there has to be some connection to something here so the people can feel that he shares their pain or whatever. Guess the earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand and Haiti had no effect on him. Many other avenues of communication out there besides Facebook.

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JapanGal, loved the last part of your comment! My feelings in a nutshell.

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All these are just tools - it's how you use it. If you can't think of a way to use it to accomplish what you want to accomplish, then don't use it.

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A FB group was formed by those staying in Japan and they spent days reading the Japanese language himanjyou (shelter) rosters posted in Google images, combing them for foreign names in katakana. They put the names back into their original languages and posted them so that people from foreign countries could search for their families. Originally it started as a way to search for one of the English teachers who was missing, but before long the names of all foreigners in all shelters were put up. Facebook and Google Images made a huge difference in this disaster, gave us an ability to see and disseminate info that we did not have in '95 or even after the later Niigata quake.

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Facebook is a waste of time, and I feel sorry for those hooked on it. Real information moved much faster on SKYPE. Live feed kids... If you were able to get your computer on line, why would you look at face book for info when you could have checked live with others around the world and in Japan?

Sure. Lets have 10 million people streaming video or even just audio in order to simply let all their friends know they're OK. Oh, wait. Either I have to get all 50 of my friends on Skype at the same time, or send the EXACT SAME MESSAGE up to 50 times when they finally DO get on Skype. Well that's a minor problem! I can deal with that. ... Umm, the network seems unusually slow... crawling, actually. You don't suppose the 9,999,999 other people using Skype to let their friends know they're OK is impacting the network bandwidth, do you? NAWWW!!! That could NEVER happen! "Da InterWebz" has INFINITE capability! (rolls eyes) Talk about "wasting your time!"

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Facebook proved very useful last year for updates on friends

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Of course since he's visiting Japan, there has to be some connection to something here so the people can feel that he shares their pain or whatever.

It is called public relations, and it is a significant part of any successful company. Facebook is not exception either.

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If you were able to get your computer on line, why would you look at face book for info when you could have checked live with others around the world and in Japan?

A lot of us were stranded in the center of the city and did not arrive home for hours so of course we weren't able to get our computers online. And a single message on Facebook let a large number of very worried relatives and genuine friends know we were fine- what on earth is there to mock about that? My husband and actually mostly used Viber to communicate before we got home but Facebook played a big part as well.

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;) if you hate FB, don't use it. No one is forcing you. Hehehehe. Business or not, is none of your business too. What we most know, it did help during the disaster with communications. What about FB haters? Have you help? hehehehe

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