Happy new year! 2013 was a great year for Oh My Japan, and 2014 is shaping up to be even more exciting.
Oh My Japan’s membership is increasingly rapidly-- **between Christmas 2012 and Christmas 2013, the number of members increased by 8x.**
We also added many great features this year:
* Improved mobile interface, including better display of member pictures
* Contact list and a list of profiles that you have recently viewed to allow you to easily keep track of members you find interesting
* Search option to show only Japanese (or non-Japanese) members
* More hobbies and interests as well as a new way to quickly add hobbies and interests
* One-click log-in when you receive a message
* Each member’s message reply rate is now displayed on his or her profile so that you can see whether you are likely to get a response before sending a message
* Teacher profiles were split between professional teachers (who charge a fee) and volunteers
If you’re interesting in making friends with Japanese people, please try Oh My Japan and take our survey on making friends with Japanese people.
I hope that 2014 will be even better than 2013 for Oh My Japan members. The site is growing quickly, and we will continue to add new features to make the site even better. I will also do my best to respond to all feedback from members.
Here’s wishing you a great 2014!