Twitter Japan launched Tuesday evening California time, and unlike the English-language version of the popular microblogging site, it will feature ads from the get-go.
In a conversation Tuesday evening, Joi Ito of Digital Garage, the Japanese company Twitter tasked with some of the Japanese localization, told me that Twitter decided to launch in Japan with ads from day one.
Digital Garage invested in Twitter as part of the localization arrangement.
"Ads are important," Ito said. "It's always harder to add ads later. So we're launching with them in Japan."
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