Millions 'Mumble' in Japan ; Language, Social Connection Boost Twitter Usage
TOKYO (AP) -- Twitter is a hit in Japan, succeeding where other social networking imports such as Facebook have foundered as millions "mumble" -- the translation of tweet -- and give mini- blogging a distinctly Japanese flavor.
The arrival of the Japanese language Twitter service in 2008 tapped into a greater sense of individuality in Japan, especially among younger people less accepting of the understatement and conformity their culture is usually associated with, analysts said.
A mobile version of Twitter started in October, further fueling the Twitter boom in a nation where Internet-connecting cell phones have been the rule for years.
These days, …
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