Within a few hours of Benedict XVI joining Twitter, he has already received 755,153 followers!
Since midday today, he has written three tweet posts, in eight languages on the pope’s eight Twitter accounts. Benedict made his Twitter debut at the Vatican during his weekly audience. He was surrounded by a group of young people who ensured he did not make any mistakes.
“Pontiff joins Twitterverse but Vatican says Benedict XVI is ‘not the kind of person who will be checking his tweets at lunch'” (The Guardian, 2012)
Here are some news stories on the announcement:
During the Tunisian and Egyptian revolution, social media played a big part in distributing information from the ground of those particular riots and demonstrations, so the public and journalists (away from the scenes) could know everything that was going on. It worked particularly well and showed how powerful social media tools are today.
In a relatively recent paper written by Alfred Hermida, he discussed how many things have changed in journalism and with the distribution of information. As mentioned in a few of my previous blog posts, there have been many cases when Twitter showed pure power and relevance.
“Twitter has emerged as a key medium for news and information about major events.” (Hermida, 2010)