Twitter is a hit in Japan as millions of Japanese ‘mumble’ on it

June 20th, 2010 - 7:56 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

369851 Tokyo, Jun 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The social networking and the microblogging site Twitter is now a hit in Japan as well. And millions of Japanese are ‘mumbling’ on it instead of ‘tweeting’. World over the standard 140 character update is called ‘tweet’ but in Japan it is being called ‘mumble’, thus imparting a distinct Japanese flavor to the popular site.

Twitter was launched in Japan, in the Japanese language in 2008. It was a hit amongst the youth in Japan. It became all the more popular when the mobile version was launched last year in October. Since Japan also boasts of cell phone addicts, who majorly have Internet on their phones too, so the mobile version of Twitter was destined to be a big hit.

Since the mumbles or the tweets in Twitter have a maximum limit of just 140 characters, so it is quite an art to compose one’s message with the maximum number of thoughts into the least amount of characters. The Japanese are so caught up with Twitter, that various seminars also held regularly which teach the various tricks of Twitter.

Twitter has managed to leave behind Facebook in popularity in a big way. Only 3% of the Internet users in Japan are active on Facebook, compared to the millions on Twitter.

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