Twitter To Charge Fee For Tweets: False Rumor Makes Japanese Users Panic

Last week, a false rumor telling that you will need to pay to tweet on Twitter from July 1 was widely circulated in Japanese twittersphere.

Many of those tweets pointed a single source, Uncyclopedia Japan’s news, titled with “Twitter Japanese version will be switched to a paid service from July”, which explained the background why Twitter decided this move, 1. Eastern Japan Great Disaster increased Japanese Twitter usage about doubled, and the traffic is making Twitter unstable, and 2. US Twitter gets anxious that many popular Japanese celebrities tend to be deceived and spread false rumors after the earthquake and people started calling Twitter as “Idiot Detector”(which is really seen on 2-channel and other places). The article came with plausible monthly fee table with how your number of followings/followers and tweets leads your amount of payment. With the highest plan with $15,000/month, you can tweet as much as you want.

Of course, there are some users who know what Uncyclopedia is, however, as the news itself said, storm of retweets washed away their tweets. “Twitter Yuuryouka(Twitter Charges)” was on Japanese trending topic. There are many tweets who bought the story recorded [J] on tweets curation service Togetter.

Twitter’s Japanese assistant account @twj had to tell “There is no such a plan to charge on tweets.” [J]

Then, many of the deceived people got mad and tweeted [J] that the false news originated from “malicious false rumor website”(Akushitsu na dema site). Some claimed that Twitter or government or someone should close those lying websites…

Following this, Uncyclopedia Japan created a new entry “malicious false rumor website” [J], Uncyclomedia foundation honorably accepted this new title.

Chirpstory: Japan’s Best-known Service For Curating Tweets Goes International

Togetter[J], a web service for curating tweets by hashtags or containing keywords, has introduced its English version called Chirpstory on Thursday.   As well as Togetter (Japanese version), Chirpstory allows you to make a “story” curating all tweets about a specific topic only by drag and drop of several tweets for defining the topic.   It’s Twitter OAuth-compatible.

Togetter was developed by ex-Yahoo Japan engineer Toshiaki Yoshida[J] (@yositosi) last year, it has engaged 2 million unique visitors per month.  This year it won the Good Design Awards, a comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design organized by Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO).

He is currently seeking business partners and developers who have in-depth know-how about advanced technologies and infrastructure management.

WISH2010 Event Report – 15 Presenters And The Winner


After the panel of three key persons in Japanese social networks, there were 15 presenters demo, 10 from organizers’ choice and 5 fans’ vote out of 32 nominees.


A Twitter analysis tool by UserLocal, who provides web traffic analysis services (Nakanohito for PC, Ugokuhito for Japanese feature phone and UserInsight for enterprise). (from fan’s vote)


The first and only Japanese CSS3 Webfonts service supports over 250 fonts. All IE/Firefox/Chrome/Safari are available. Freemium model (you will be asked to pay for multiple websites)



A social translation service supports 47 languages by Anydoor (Asiajin). Your requesting texts will be translated by three different users to keep the quality.

(from fan’s vote) [English available]


A publishing platform for e-books, integrated with their successful book inventory service Bukulog.


A category social network for patients and their families.



A library websites aggregation and search service. Most Japanese libraries (over 5,000) are covered. Alerting when your wishing books are available at libraries you listed.


A social lending service which enables semi-direct lend-and-borrow Yen. [info in English]



a community for creating crowdsourced novels with Twitter account. (from fan’s vote) [English available]


A recording server to save all teresttrial TV channels for 24 hours over for one month. All recorded programs are tagged by using sub data and you may search and watch them remotely on iPhone/iPad/PC/Android.


An iPhone app pulishing system to make iPhone version groumet e-books from current printed magazines. (from fan’s vote)



An online realtime collaboration drawing tool. The English version is getting over 30,000 users from oversea, which is more than Japanese users. [English available]


A Twitter-based content aggregation site. Many users listed, edited and emphasized public discussion threads from Twitter. About 5 million page views per month. (from fan’s vote)


A “social camera” maker announced their coming new device “Cerevo Ustream Box” (tentative name), which sends any input from video line to Ustream.


A community site on where shoppers voice will be reflected to the next products bags and accessaries an online shop for self-designed PC bags and cases



A Possible Foursquare’s Japanese rival by Livedoor. Oriented to non-verbal social communication. Began with iPhone. Just released Japanese feature phones (3 carriers) and Android.


Sponsor’s session – PFU ScanSnap

ScanSnap is a commercial version of their world’s No.1 share enterprise scanner.

Recently many Japanese geeks scan their paper books/mangas, most case their report uses ScanSnap.

@kohmi’s Concert

A popular singer-songwriter Kohmi Hirose, @kohmi, who difinitely spread Twitter to non-geek people since her beginning Twitter last year, came to sing two of her songs for 550 attendees.


Prizes from contestant judge

AMN Awards – Garapon TV

Open Network Labs Awards – Orihime

TechWave Awards – Togetter

TechCrunch Japan Awards – Conyac

Impress Watch Awards – Cacoo Awards – Paboo Awards – Calil

Nikkei Digital Version Awards – Cerevo’s new gadget

The WISH 2010 Grand Prix

And the winner is… Paboo!


Gree CEO Tanaka commented that Paboo can be a platform service like Nico Nico Douga, which he values highly, and (of course) Gree.

Afterparty and WISH mascot character WISH-tan