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A report¬†from globalwebindex this week showed that Twitter is nearly as popular as Facebook in Japan. I really don’t know what to make of this information, but here is a table describing the popularity of social networks in Japan.


While this is an interesting development, Twitter’s Japanese popularity reminded me of the 1984 international hit song “Big in Japan” by German synth-pop group Alphaville. The song itself is a tribute to the British band, Big in Japan which featured band members from the KLF, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, but it seems as good a song as any to celebrate Twitter’s success in the land of the rising sun. You might have thought otherwise, but “Big in Japan” was Alphaville’s greatest international hit, although their song “Forever Young” was covered by Laura Branigan and sampled by Jay-Z, in addition to being a staple of high school dances in the mid-eighties (although my personal favorite was Flock of Seagulls “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)”).

(If big production isn’t your thing, check out this version of the song from Hungarian Idol):

By Various [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Jim Dougherty

Jim Dougherty

Writer and chief of miscellany at leaderswest.com
I aspire to give people something to think about rather than tell them what to do. My favorite Google Alert is "social media research," I am increasingly compelled by Gen Z, and I appreciate good writers agnostic of where they write. At one time I was Kred's 12th most influential social media blogger and Klout's most influential person on the topic of David Hasselhoff. Transplant from Seattle living in Cincinnati. Haven't entirely adopted the local sports teams yet.
Jim Dougherty
Jim Dougherty
Jim Dougherty

I would say 3/4 times as big as Facebook Jim. You are talking “users” rather than “use”? For use Twitter is huge.

May 19, 2013, 7:05 PM

Of course you’re right Michael! I should have been more specific, but after I had free-associated to Flock of Seagulls I was toast.

May 20, 2013, 7:37 AM

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