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Monday, 10th January 2011
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Japan sets Twitter record

Twitter users in Japan set a new record as they welcomed in the New Year.

According to the social networking site, Japanese twitterers sent a record number of tweets, with global traffic on the site reaching 6,939 tweets per second as the New Year arrived in the country.

A number of large-scale events have been held in Japan over the past week to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit including a calligraphy competition.

The previous record for tweets per second was set following Japan's unexpected victory over Denmark in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"Just four seconds after midnight in Japan on January 1st, twitterers set an all-time record in the number of Tweets sent per second," explained Twitter's blog on Thursday.

"At that moment, the world sent a staggering 6,939 TPS wishing friends and followers a fond 'Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu' (Happy New Year!)."

Twitter was created in 2006 and has developed in to a leading website, with more than 175 million users and a total of 25 billion tweets were sent throughout 2010.

Written by Mark Smith

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