Tokyo Dominates Twitter on New Year’s Eve

While many people were busy tweeting their new year’s messages and wishes yesterday at midnight, the social network Twitter was also busy keeping track of all those messages. Yesterday the company released a simple graphic showing how many tweets were sent every second in five major time zones in the world.

Asia dominated the tweeting activity with the time zones of UTC +9 (Tokyo and Seoul), and UTC+7 (Bangkok and Jakarta) ranking first and third among global time zones with 33,388 and 11,675 tweets sent per second respectively. In fact, the Tokyo/Seoul combo had such a high frequency of tweeting that it was actually 2.5 times more than the second highest time zone, UTC-5 (New York, Bogota) which saw 13,336 tweets per second.

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Twitter Aggressively Expanding Japan Sales Staff

Twitter Inc. will “aggressively” add sales staff in Japan to attract more advertisers as local user growth exceeds the company’s global expansion, Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said.

The microblogging service will continue to invest and hire in Japan and will also add engineers, Costolo told reporters in Tokyo today, without specifying investment amounts or the number of people being added.

The San Francisco-based company, which lets users post 140-character messages, is expanding abroad to decrease its reliance on the U.S. market. The percentage of revenue Twitter earns from the U.S. will fall to 83 percent in 2014 from about 90 percent this year, researcher EMarketer estimated in January.

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Twitter a hit in Japan

It should come as no surprise that Japan is embracing burgeoning new social media outlets – like Twitter. Myspace and Facebook (News – Alert) have also tried to break into the market, but it’s Twitter that the Japanese love. Perhaps it’s the cute name or the on-the-go quick updating capabilities – who can say?! But the statistics express volumes – 16.3 percent of Japanese people Tweet, compared to 9.8 percent of Americans.

It’s most likely that it’s it’s all about mobile communication, especially text messaging. That is what the Japanese love about twitter. Twitter just gives you a space to save all your messages and should be an instant hit for any thumb novelist.

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