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Friday, 25th April 2008
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Twitter goes live in Japan

Social networking and microblogging service Twitter has now launched in Japan, allowing Japanese-speaking web users to keep in touch with one another through the site.

Twitter is a free service that lets users send short updates via text message, instant message or third-party application such as Facebook to let their friends and online acquaintances know what they are up to.

Updates must be 140 characters or less and are displayed on the user's profile page as well as being delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.

Following the success of the site in the English language the team behind Twitter have, with the help of Digital Garage, launched a Japanese version to meet demand from bloggers and social networking fans in Japan.

"Starting today, the increasing number of folks accessing our service from Japan will have a better experience," Twitter said in its own blog.

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