Typhoon out-Tweets iPhone 5 in Japan


Today I present a statistic rather than a survey for a change, a look by Biglobe’s Twipple service at the top-trending Twitter keywords (not hashtags) for September 2012, as reported by japan.internet.com.

About 1.384 billion Tweets were generated in Japan in September 2012, and these formed the data from which the following top ten was generated. It is also noted that “typhoon” racked up 57.15 million tweets on its peak day, whereas the second-placed “iPhone 5” managed just 6 million at its peak.

Research results

Top ten Twitter keywords in the Japanese Twit-o-sphere for September 2012

RankKeywordEnglishDate peakedExplanation
1台風Typhoon30th SeptemberThere was a big typhoon that day
2iPhone 5iPhone 513th SeptemberThe announcement date. There was a second peak on the 21st of September, the release date, but it only reached about two-thirds of the first peak
3ミストMr Donuts26th SeptemberThe doughnut chain ran a half-price campaign that day, apparently
4阿部Abe26th SeptemberShinzo Abe was elected president of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, thanks in part to new medicine for ulcerative colitis.
5警察Police26th SeptemberI don’t know why the police might have trended that day
6反日Anti-Japan18th SeptemberThe height of the anti-Japan rioting and looting in China
7宿題Homework2nd SeptemberI’m not sure why homework would have trended that day
8マギMagi30th SeptemberThe title of a new animation series that was about to start being broadcast
9上戸彩Aya Ueto14th SeptemberAnother vapid celeb gets hitched in an ill-matched couple, this time to the 16 years older HIRO from EXILE
10ギャバンGaban23rd SeptemberApparently the name of an old favourite, Space Sheriff Gavan, who makes a guest appearance in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters
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