Twitter gets the manga treatment in Japan
If proof were needed that Twitter and its 140-character goodness have invaded every part of life, then look no further than the latest incarnation of the microblogging phenomenon in the shape of a pair of Japanese manga comics.
Next weekend, Japanese Tweeters will be able to pick up “Tsuitta! -- 4 Koma de Tanoshimu Tonari no Twitter” ("The Joy of Twitter in a Four-Panel Comic") for ¥819 ($9.55).
The title, by manga artist Ajiko Kojima, explains to those daunted by the "new" medium how to get started on Twitter, what it can be used for and -- crucially for Japan -- how to play nicely with others.
Tsuitta! follows hard on the heels of the first ever Twitter manga, Yoko Gendai’s “Mitaka no Chushin de Nau O Tsubuyaku” ("I Tweeted ‘Now’ at the Heart of Mitaka.")
The ¥998 ($11.65) comic gives a similar take on the Twitter scene, but appears slightly more focused on the practicalities of following the right kind of people and on the mechanics of writing to fit the Tweet box.
Both manga offer light-hearted takes on the U.S.-led but increasingly Japan-heavy service, making particularly clear that Twitter can be about a whole lot more than what we all had for breakfast.