Open Source SNS made in Japan

I am currently working on translating a Japanese Open Source Social Networking engine called MyNETS.

This system was developed by volunteer group called Usagi Project.

And I am one of the developer team as well.

And I have done translating most of the mainframe except mobile mode.

Now I open the door to the public to test drive.

Please help me test the system, and see if I have any errors and/or Japanese left-over.

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About MyNETS
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MyNETS is a Japanese open source Social Networking engine run on Apache, PHP and MySQL environment.

If you know Mixi, which is the Japan’s largest social networking site, MyNETS is the clone program of Mixi.

This is very simple and easy to use system.

And you can run this system on your own web hosting server which meets certain requirement.

If you can set up other CMS system like WordPress, you can probably install this.

Currently, we have some issues of internationalization, so this version is not available to the public at this moment..

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Basic Functions
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> Blogging
> Messaging
> Community Discussion (called Topic)
> Event Listing
> Calendar
> Product Reviews using Amazon

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Features
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> Embed Google Map to create a social map
> Twitter-like short messaging
> Supports Japanese mobile’s picture icons
> Supports PC and mobile access (Japanese mobile only)
> Easy to embed YouTube video by copy and past the URL. (not those object tags)

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Ideal Users
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> People who shares the same common (like a hobby)
> Companies which want to use SNS as an inner-communication tool

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MyNETS Requirements
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Required
1. Apache 1.3 or 2.0
2. PHP 4.3, 5.0, 5.1 (SAPI is recommended)
3. MySQL 4.0, 4.1 or 5.0 or newer

PHP Extensions
a. GD Library and etc…

Optional
1. Cron Jobs (php) – to send daily updates and etc.
2. Catch-All email – for Japanese mobile’s email posting

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History of MyNETS
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MyNETS was first released on April 2007 as the derivation of another Japanese Open Source SNS system called OpenPNE.

And it is developed by a volunteer group in Japan, and we called ourself “Usagi Project” (Project Rabbit)

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Usagi Project web site – Japanese Only
–> http://usagi-project.org
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Currently, the version is designed for Japanese internet users. And it needs a lot of database customization in order to use each country.

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This English version was translated by deerstudio.
–> http://deerstudio.com
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We are currently working on version 2.0 with CodeIgniter.

And we are planning 2.0 to be more internationally friendly version.

If you have any questions, please contact deerstudio.

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Contact deerstudio
–> http://deerstudio.com/inc/contact-us.html
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I want to see how many people are actually interested in this system.

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The Progress of MyNETS Internationalization
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Currently, I have only translated mainframe of the system.

There is an installer for this system, but we are not planning to translate them into English due to the following reasons.

>> Right now, localization is very complicated
>> We are currently working on ver 2.0 which will be released soon
>> Version 2.0 will be written in CodeIgniter which is very easy to compile internationalversion

We, deerstudio, needed to launch the English SNS site ASAP, and could not wait for the MyNETS 2.0 which is scheduled to be released in Feb 2009. All of our staff can read Japanese. And the system will be used in Japan.

So we didn’t have to create the English installer, and the region setting is still fixed the use in Japan only (e.g., the address has no country code.)

Please try the test drive and let us know how many people are interested in using this system.

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For More Information
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If you would like to test drive this system, please contact me.


I have not yet translated mobile site version yet… so I don’t want to publish…

  • Elana Silverthorn

    The advantage of using a is that will give you better as much as there’s too much detail in that.

  • Above the open source software is really useful for social net working site. After reading this blog I get it clear idea about MyNETS. All the points are explained very clearly.