Despite having over 300 followers (I’m shocked, not boasting about it!) I still don’t really see the point, as do most Japanese, according to this survey from iBridge Research Plus and reported on by japan.internet.com into Twitter.
On the 6th of July 2009 300 members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.3% of the sample were female, 19.0% in their twenties, 39.0% in their thirties, 26.7% in their forties, 10.7% in their fifties, and 4.7% in their sixties.
I did once try Twitter from my Japanese mobile but it was through a bit of a dodgy web page script. Searching around the Japanese web I have come across an interesting site, in Japanese, of course; the using Twitter from a mobile phone Wiki, which includes a section with a number of iAppli for docomo applications that can be used to access Twitter. I should download a couple and review them!
Other surveys on Twitter may be found by following that link.
Q1: Have you heard or read about Twitter? (Sample size=300)
Yes (to SQ1) 16.0% No 84.0%
Q1SQ1: Have you ever used Twitter? (Sample size=48)
Yes, currently using it (to SQ2) 8.3% Yes, used to use it (to SQ2) 6.3% No, never used it 85.4%
Combining the two, we get the following.
Q1+SQ1: Have you ever used Twitter? (Sample size=300)
Yes, currently using it 1.3% Yes, used to use it 1.0% No, never used it 13.7% Don’t know what it is 84.0%
Q1SQ2: How many people are/were following you on Twitter? (Sample size=7)
No-one 0.0% One person 14.3% Two people 14.3% Three people 0.0% Four or more people 71.4%