Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bill Gates Just Joined Twitter

A Warm Welcome from Palm Coast, FL to Bill Gates...

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates just joined twitter today at about 3PM, and there is a lot of hype on "twitterverse" (twitter universe). In a mere four hours since his first tweet, his following neared 45,000 with exponential growth. I have witnessed his followers go from 10,000 to 45,000 in less than 30 minutes.

Tweets mentioning his twitter handle, @BillGates, go at the speed of over 50 tweets per minute.

It appears Bill Gates is putting his charitable personality in the forefront through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, linking his twitter account to the website of the foundation. His initial tweets included references to the fundraising for disaster recovery efforts in Haiti.

Previously on twitter there was a @BillGates account (which isthought to be a fake). The new @BillGates account is already verified by twitter.

Early on in 2009 twitter experienced a huge jump in use. The micro-blogging site has been a social media sweetheart particularly in the first three quarters of 2009, however the growth stalled as of Q4 of 2009. Bill Gates joining twitter, and maintaining an active account will be a great validation for twitter.

Office Divvy welcomes Bill Gates to twitter, and we look forward to his tweets... :))

Ky Ekinci
Co-Founder, Office Divvy
Palm Coast, Florida
on twitter: @KyEkinci | @OfficeDivvy

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