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Four seconds after midnight in Japan on January 1, 2011, a new world record was set: 6,939 tweets were sent out in one second, Twitter announced on the company's official blog. This map of Twitter activity on New Year's Eve clearly shows that a lot of 140-character messages were being sent in Japan. What I find most revealing about this, though, is the amount of activity in Brazil. Sure, there are a lot of tweets being sent across the United States and Europe. That's to be expected; it could have been predicted. But that other social network we all use -- Facebook -- is famously dark in Brazil where Orkut is the website of choice for most individuals. Twitter has found a way to enter the market.

Image: Twitter.

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