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Twitter is bigger than Facebook in Japan

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New York, Feb 21: Micro-blogging website Twitter has more active users in Japan than Facebook, which is much larger globally, according to a media report.

The Wall Street Jourl on Saturday cited an announcement by Twitter relating to its user-numbers for a country outside the US, and saying it had 35 million monthly active users in the world’s third-largest economy as of the end of last year.

Facebook, on the other hand, had 25 million monthly active users in Japan as of the end of 2015, a company spokesperson said.

Twitter provided the number of its users in Japan after the company’s quarterly earnings fuelled investors’ concerns that the micro-blogging site’s user growth has stalled.

Twitter last week said 320 million users signed into the platform at least once a month in the fourth quarter, the same as in the previous three months.

Facebook, by comparison, had 1.59 billion monthly active users as of the end of last year, up 3 percent from the previous three months.

In Japan, “we’ve seen more than a five-fold growth in usage in a really short time,” said Shailesh Rao, Twitter’s vice president of Asia-Pacific, Latin America and emerging markets. He said the firm had fewer than 7 million users in Japan in 2011.

Rao said people have been joining the platform consistently after widespread adoption of the service as a means to receive news after a powerful earthquake and tsumi hit the country five years ago. (IANS)


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