Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hugo Chavez to join Twitter

Well, that's one person I won't follow on Twitter.

Telegraph UK
Mr Chavez speaks to the nation for hours every Sunday on his radio and television program but on Twitter he will be limited to much shorter messages of just 140 characters each time.

His use of Twitter also marks a new tactic in his approach to the internet and social networking.

In January Mr Chavez said that using Twitter, the internet and text messaging to criticise his regime was "terrorism."

He has now decided to use the social networking tool for his own purposes.

"Comandante Chavez is going to open his Twitter account soon to wage the battle online," Diosdado Cabello, director of Venezuela's state-run telecommunications agency, said on Venezuelan television, according to Bloomberg News.

"I'm sure he'll break records for numbers of followers."

Mr Chavez is the latest leader to start using Twitter. US President Barack Obama has nearly 3.8 million followers on the social networking tool.

Sigh, what a narcissistic little dictator. Is he going to force all Venezuelans to "follow" him on Twitter? How many people have computers and an Internet connection there anyway? I'm surprised Twitter is not blocked in Venezuela like it is in China; dictators don't like free communications.

I bet that the Sora Aoi (ex-Japanese AV star) will have more followers than Chavez. She's better looking too.


TwitterCounter has Obama at #4 with 3.78 million followers (I'm not following him either); he's behind Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, and Ellen DeGeneres. Obama is #1 though in the number of people (~730k) he's following... I wonder how much that team of people at the White House is costing me in taxes. :(


Woohoo! I'm ranked #649,761!

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