President Barack Obama and ex-British PM Gordon Brown might have been the earliest adopters among world leaders on Twitter (@BarackObama and @Number10gov, respectively). But since then, there’s been a steady stream of executive arrivals, including @netanyahu, @PMHarper, @sebastianpinera, @HHSHKMOHD, @hatoyamayukio, @KevinRuddPM, and @QueenRania, among others.
Heck, even Hugo Chavez has gotten in on the act (@chavezcandanga). And there’s now a website directory, govtwit.com, to help keep track of all the world’s public officials in the Twittersphere.
Recently, live from a tour of Silicon Valley, U.S.A., Russian President Medvedev became one of the latest world leaders to practice oratory in under 140 words (@KremlinRussia or @KremlinRussia_E for the English speakers out there). His first tweet — “Всем привет! Я в Твиттере и это мое6 первое сообщение!” — translates to “Hello everyone! I’m on Twitter, and this is my first tweet.”