President Martinelli Signs on to Twitter

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Now you can follow Panama’s President on the popular website called, “Twitter.”  Twitter offers a social networking and micro blogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page. Users may subscribe to other users’ tweets (this is known as following and subscribers are known as followers).  The President’s profile name is “@rmartinelli.”  More information below from La Prensa-


President Ricardo Martinelli is now on Twitter

Twitter confirmed that the profile @rmartinelli actually corresponds to President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli.

In fact, it was last Friday, Feb. 11, that Martinelli, with username @rmartinelli, sent out his first message or “tweet” through the Twitter social network, writing: “Greetings to all, working together we will change Panama.”

President Martinelli Tweeting

President Martinelli Tweeting

As of yesterday, Sunday, the president had four tweets listed on his profile.

Martinelli has more than 1,100 followers in just three days, although he himself only follows five others: United States President, Barack Obama; Vice-President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela; President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón; the news channel CNN; and PanamáTwittea.

Since the President gave his first tweet last Friday, users have commented on many occasions, welcoming him to Twitter and expressing their opinion on the approval of the mining law reform.

Martinelli also publicly responded to a Twitter user, who asked “Why did you join the Twitter network?”. “Hello Carlos, Twitter allows me to exchange instant messages with the public. It’s a great tool!”, replied the president.

The Twitter social network allows users to share messages up to 140 characters in real time with other users.

According to data handled by Dionisio Guerra, event organizer for PanamáTwittea, held on Friday, there are approximately 30,000 Twitter users in Panama, a figure that has seen rapid growth in a short period of time. “In 2010, we estimated that there were close to 500 active accounts in Panama,” asserted Guerra.

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