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Twitter Catches on in Japan

Updated on June 18, 2010

In English, we twitter. Birds twitter and humans twitter; usually the birdies make more sense, but we seem to be overtaking them in volume. Billions of twitters populate the Interweb. Our Library of Congress stores archives of our tweets. Otherwise sentient folks struggle to condense their ramblings into 140 characters or less.

Twittering in Japan

In Japanese, we さえずり.  Loosely translated, it's mumbling. We don't know how bird sounds are characterized in Japan.

GachapinBlog is blowing up

Someone called GachapinBlog has garnered over 600,000 followers.

675,337 followers for GachapinBlog
675,337 followers for GachapinBlog

What you need to know

We at The Institute for the Painfully obvious caught up with a loyal Twitter follower of GachapinBlog, called tokitubaki. Catching up wasn't all that difficult; most twitterers crave human contact in any form. Tokitubaki kindly agreed to sit down with us to discuss Twittering in Japan. What follows is a fascinating account of cultural interaction and inter-global synergy implemented via a multi-modal interfacing of digital entropy.

IPO: Thank you for sitting down with us for this discussion.

tokitubaki: ありがとうございます。靴を脱いで下さい。
(Thank you. Please take off your shoes)

IPO: How did you get started Twittering?

(I heard about it on CNN.)

IPO: How interesting! What do you like most about Twittering?

tokitubaki: 私は140文字に自分の考えを凝縮への挑戦をお楽しみください。
(I enjoy the challenge of condensing my thoughts into 140 characters.)

IPO: And what frustrates you about Twittering?

(I am frustrated by insipid questions from HubPages authors.)

IPO: That hurt.

(I am not sorry. Please ask me another inane question so we can get this over with.)

IPO: OK... umm.. do you like Pop Tarts?

tokitubaki: もちろん。誰もがポップターツが好きです。
(Of course. Everyone likes Pop Tarts.)

IPO: We have achieved common ground. Thank you again for your time.

tokitubaki: 私はかなり近づいた感じています。あなたは私にハリソンフォードのサインをもらえますか?
(I feel much closer to you. Can you get me the autograph of Harrison Ford?)

IPO: Check eBay. Good bye


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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Still funny, but unappreciated.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I thought this was really funny. Sigh.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      time to delete this.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Perhaps this hub needs more synergistic double-ended backlinks. I thought it was funny, but no traffic.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I give up.