Ameba (website)

Type of business Public subsidiary
Type of site
Social network service
Available in Japanese (Blogging Platform, Virtual Community, Social Games)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Area served Japan
Key people Susumu Fujita, CEO & President
Parent CyberAgent Inc. (TYO: 4751)
Alexa rank 128 (worldwide), 10 (Japan)[1]
Current status Active (Pigg), Closed (Pico)

Ameba (アメーバ Amēba) is a popular Japanese blogging and social networking website.

In December 2009, Ameba launched Ameba Now, a micro-blogging platform competing with Twitter.[2] In March 2009 Ameba launched Ameba Pico, a Facebook app for the English market based on the virtual community Ameba Pigg.

Ameba Pigg

Pigg is a Japanese blog virtual community in which users can customize an avatar, socialize with people around the world using replicas of landmarks around the world like Shibuya 106 and the Statue of Liberty.

Users can also decorate their own rooms with different types of furniture, bought with virtual currencies called "Gummies", "Tokens", and "Silver Coin". Users can and invite other players to their rooms and leave them messages.

For the English Version, Gummies and Tokens are game currencies that are earned by doing in-game tasks such as ringing other people's rooms and giving the props, while "Candy Gold" is a currency in the game which users can only acquire by paying real money, Facebook Credits, Phone Balance, or by doing tasks from the game's providers like Paymentwall. Selected Items bought with Candy Gold can be alternatively purchased using tokens.


  1. " Site Info". Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  2. Twitter Faces a Battle for Tweets Financial Times, March 12, 2010.

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