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Starting on 3/30/2012 Hatena Color Stars that have been removed from entries can no longer be reused.2012-03-16 06:41:07

Starting on 3/30/2012 Hatena Color Stars that have been removed from entries can no longer be reused.

Currently Hatena Color Stars that are removed from entries (such as Flipnotes and comments) are credited back to user accounts and can be reused. After 3/30/2012 Hatena Color Stars that have been removed from entries can no longer be reused.

The reason for this change is to prevent Hatena Color Stars from being used in ways other than their original intended purposes. There have been some problems in our community with people adding and removing Hatena Color Stars from entries for malicious reasons which has devalued the rarity of these types of stars. We at Hatena believe that this change in the way Hatena Color Stars work is better suited to the way we want Hatena Color Stars to be used in our online community.

This change may cause you to take extra care when using your Hatena Color Stars, but we hope that you can better appreciate the difference of using and receiving these types of stars from now on. We believe that this change will reinforce the positive meaning Hatena Color Stars have and allow them to be used appropriately.

To prevent accidental use of your Hatena Color Stars, starting from 3/30/2012 a confirmation dialog window will appear when you add a Hatena Color Star to an entry on the Hatena website (for PC users only).

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please contact our support department at support@hatena.com

We look forward to your continued enjoyment of Hatena's online services.


Hatena Haiku has been upgraded!2011-02-14 05:31:21

Today Hatena's mini-blogging service "Hatena Haiku" has been upgraded. To make the service easier to use we have added a number of improvements and removed bugs.

Towards a stress free pleasant service.

We have redesigned Hatena Haiku in many ways to provide a great improvement in the operation speed of the service. Posting and viewing entries can now be done without reloading the whole page.

Towards a service that can be used at any time from all kinds of devices.

Compatibility with smartphones, the iPad and the Nintendo DSi Browser has been optimized. With the new of a smartphone edition of Hatena Haiku you can now post at any time from anywhere with an Apple iOS or Android device. The popular drawing tool now also works for the Nintendo DSi, iPhone and iPad.

Towards a service that can be used in a fun way with other services.

Connectivity with other Hatena services has been improved. From Hatena Haiku's keyword pages you can see information from Hatena Keyword, Hatena Bookmark and the location sharing service Hatena Coco.

You can access the new version of Hatena Haiku from the following link.

http://h.hatena.com/ (for computers and smartphones)

At the same time the Japanese version of Hatena Haiku has also been upgraded. The Japanese version can be accessed from the following URL:


Features of the new version

For detailed information on the changes to the new version please have a look at "Changes to version 1.1". A short summary is listed below.

  • The service
    • The operation speed has been improved
    • A version for smartphones and the Nintendo DSi has been created
    • Emoji is now supported
    • Nicknames are displayed
  • Viewing
    • A notification services for new entries has been added
    • Function for automatic loading of the next page has been added
    • A button to display replies has been added
    • The name of the user that replied is now shown
    • Long entries are now truncated
    • The album and entries widget can be pasted

  • Posting
    • Posting is now possible without a page transition
    • The ImaCoco function has been added
    • Additional browsers can now use the Haiku drawing tool
    • A bug with the shortcut key for drawings has been removed from the computer version
    • The function to determine the size of drawing posts has been improved
  • Others
    • Search results are shown on the spot
    • Related keywords are shown automatically
    • Profiles are now shown in the English version and in the Japanese mobile phone version as well
    • Profiles are now displayed on the keyword page
    • Friend Invite options have been expanded
    • Star Reports can now be checked by smartphone and Nintendo DSi Browser

  • For developers
    • OAuth is now supported
    • When retrieving via the API you can specify the body format
    • Keyword data can now be retrieved faster by omitting related keywords
    • Web page forms can now be filled in

Your opinions and requests

The new version of Hatena Haiku has been available as a beta version since the December 24, 2010 at http://h1beta.hatena.com/. We want to thank for all the opinions and comments we received during the trial period. We apologize that we were not able reply to all the posts we received, but we will keep your comments in mind for the further development and administration of Hatena Haiku.

The site for Hatena Haiku's beta version (http://h1beta.hatena.com/) will stay in use to run tests of new functions. Please leave your opinions and feelings on new functions at the keyword "Hatena Haiku Beta". We will not be able to respond to all entries individually but we do read all of them and take them into account for further developments.

Please note that during the beta test period, features may be added or removed at any time, and the service might not be available at all times. The beta version and the release version both share the same database. Post the the beta version will be displayed on the release version and vice-versa.

We plan to add many requested features and the ability to connect with other services, as well as add previously hidden features to the beta site in coming days. We are looking forward to your enjoyment of these new features.

Please try and use it

We are looking forward to your use of the new Hatena Haiku.

(For developers) The Hatena Haiku API has been upgraded as well2011-02-14 05:29:03

In line with the revised Hatena Haiku the Hatena Haiku API has been upgraded as well.

The main changes are as listed below. For detailed information please have a look at the documents of the Hatena Developer Center.

OAuth is now supported

The OAuth authentication system is now supported. Read operations use "read_public" permissions, and writing and delete operations use "write_public" permissions.

The formerly implemented HTTP Basic authentication will still be supported, but we recommend use of OAuth from now on. We do not currently have plans to stop supporting HTTP Basic authentication, but may do depending on the situation with the transition to OAuth.

The automatic reply function by using @ has been stopped

The "status" portion of "statuses/update" below formerly existed:

Using the header @id will reply to a user's (id:username) last entry.


This function may cause confusion because it is similar to the functions of the API, so it has been removed. "@id" is now handled as a character string. When you want to make a reply you should explicitly use "in_reply_to_status_id" with the entry ID to be replied to.

Arguments for posting body text (body_formats) have been established

New arguments for "body_formats" has been added to "statuses/show" which is used for reading posts. If you use "body_formats=haiku", "body_formats=html,html_touch" you can obtain either unconverted Hatena notation or HTML converted Hatena notation respectively.

All keyword information can now be acquired

The new argument "word" has been added to has been added to "keywords/show", which is used for acquiring information about keywords. The previously available "keywords/show/Hatena%20Haiku.json" specification method had some problems acquiring keyword names that used special characters. We recommend use of the "word" argument in ways such as "keywords/show.json?word=Hatena%20Haiku".

The argument "without_related_keywords" has been newly added to keyword lists.

The arguments "keywords/list" and "keywords/hot" has been added for acquiring keyword lists. If "without_related_keywords=1" is used, the related keywords list will not be included. We recommend use of this option for increasing the speed of applications that do not use related keyword information.

"page" argument for lists of Fans/Favorite keywords has been newly established

The "page" argument has been added to "statuses/followers" that is used for acquiring fan lists, and also to "statuses/keywords" that is used for acquiring favorite keywords. Lists of users and keywords can be acquired up to 100 per page, and "page=2" or similar arguments can be used for additional pages. This is the same method used by "statuses/friends" for favorite user lists.

Web page forms can now be filled in.

This is not part of the API, however, we have added the ability to add "word" and "body" arguments to a Hatena Haiku URL such as "http://h.hatena.com/?word=Hatena%20Haiku&body=Hello,%20New%2..."

to open a page that will display the title or the body as a character string.

A graphic for the post button (http://h.hatena.com/images/haiku-button.png) is also available for you to use.

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