I spent the year end holidays in Tokyo with family and friends. As with every visit I was blown away by the pace and energy of the city and came away re-charged with optimism. I am especially happy when I hear about new companies such as Twitter coming to Japan and finding a fit. Not only is there a television drama centered around characters that tweet to each other, corporate twitter handles are regularly mentioned on advertising and the mass media assumption is that everyone knows what twitter is and how it works.
The latest proof point of twitter’s growing popularity (Japanese make up 16% of all twitter users compared to less than 10% in the US) is a post on the twitter blog. Almost 7,000 tweets per second which is more than double their last record of 3,000 during the World Cup.
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