Twitter Japan recently held a Tweetup to coincide with the launch of the Japanese mobile version of Twitter together with the visit of Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
Here is Biz with a member of the Empire flogging their new mobile service ^^;
This Trooper has broken the imperial code 35562a by revealing a bit of clone skin just behind the glove and will be sent to detention block 1553a.
The Tweetup was held at the Garden Hall at Ebisu. Quite a few tech related events are held here.
A "Tweetup" is a gathering of Twitter users and is held worldwide. They can be organized by anyone.
When I first came across the Twitter service, I didn't really get it. All I saw was a bunch of registered users talking about where they are going, what they are doing, what they are eating etc.
When I was bothered to actually take a closer look, I saw much much more and below are some of the reasons why I use Twitter.
When somebody tweets with an @dannychoo, I can see all tweets addressed to me.
My twitter followers have backgrounds from varying industries and always help me out when I have a question.
Instead of hunting around Google, I can get instant answers (within seconds) from my Twitter followers. My followers have saved my bacon for things like technical JQuery questions to Japanese grammar.
The Internet is about sharing and Twitter is no exception. Constantly tweeting your own blog posts alone will bore people and some will start to unfollow you. By sharing interesting resources that you come across during your rounds of the Internets, your followers will appreciate the quality of your tweets and start to recommend you on #followfridays.
Every Friday, Twitter users will start to tag their tweets with "#followfriday" followed by twitter usernames. This means that they are recommending Twitter accounts to other users.
Tip: If you are following me for example and send me a note that begins with a @dannychoo, only people who are following you and me will see the message. If you want everybody to see the message then start your tweet with a "."
I update my Twitter account a few times a day and you can follow me @dannychoo.
You can now update your dannychoo.com account with your Twitter username and we will soon be displaying your tweets on the site.
Folks including Goodsmile, Cospa and many of the top Japanese figure bloggers have started to use Twitter too.
Twitter should help enrich your career and life in many ways like it has done for me. But Twitter is only a means - its up to you how you want to use it.
Images from Digital Bear (Minami-san), Zuco and Steve Nagata.
Update - your tweets will soon show up in Google search results - Google Blog.