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Tuesday, 3rd August 2010
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Japanese Twitter user publishes 20 billionth tweet

A Japanese Twitter user has published the 20 billionth tweet on the website, an important stepping stone and one which shows the micro social networking site's ongoing popularity.

Website user GGGGGGo_Lets_Go, a graphic designer living in Tokyo, published the message as part of a conversation between himself and other users.

The message was "so that means the barrage might come back later all at once."

After the Japanese user found out about his inadvertent landmark tweet he said he was "getting replies from people all over the world".

"What are the chances? Maybe I'm going to die. Is it more amazing than winning the lottery? I thought it was a joke," he tweeted afterwards.

According to the Guardian, Twitter is extremely popular in Japan and the company estimates that 12 per cent of all tweets made are published by Japanese users.

The source commented that this could be down to the ability to say much more in 140 characters when typing in Japanese, as opposed to English.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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