Bill Gates posts first tweet

10:21, January 20, 2010      

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IT giant Bill Gates has begun using the real-time mini-blog Twitter.

The renowned billionaire uses the name "@Billgates" as his Twitter verified account, and made a tweet "Hello, World" as his first status update, which is also a common start-phrase for computer programmers.

His first content-contained post is "Hard at work on my foundation letter--publishing on 1/25," which means that he left a note to his fans that he plans to release the second of his annual foundation letters Monday, charting the progress and challenges in his philanthropic efforts.

The "@Billgates" account existed before, but it wasn't the real Bill Gates or anyone on his staff doing the posts. This time, the account was verified and confirmed by Twitter staff.

Until a few hours after his first tweet, Bill Gates was followed by more than 3,000 Twitter users.


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