Twitter, mixi form partnership in Japan -

Twitter, mixi form partnership in Japan

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

   TOKYO (AP) -- Twitter Inc. and Japan's biggest homegrown social networking site mixi Inc. have joined forces to deepen links and strengthen their ground against Facebook's rapid expansion.
   For Twitter, the partnership with a local social network could point to a new strategy as it seeks to accelerate global growth.
   For mixi, the announcement comes as it tries to fend off a surging Facebook, which has surged in popularity in Japan this year.
   While Twitter is a public platform, mixi is a closed network where users typically have a small group of friends. The Japanese company hopes that with Twitter, it can better integrate public conversations with its tight-knit communities.

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