Prime Minister gets online with Twitter

Posted on October 16, 2012


PM David Cameron has joined Twitter, launching his membership of the social networking site with tweets from the recent Conservative conference in Birmingham.

Tweeting under the user name @David_Cameron, the PM first contributed on the first day of the conference on Saturday October 6th, saying:

“I’m starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won’t be too many tweets…”

It is not the first time Cameron has used Twitter, with a number of missives being posted via the @Number10gov account. Whether this account will be wholly managed by the PM himself, or responsibility shared with SEO staff and his PR spin doctors is unclear.

Since the account was opened, there have been 12 tweets. Most have been focused on the conference, though one took a swipe at bookmakers.

Earlier on in the week, some were giving generous odds that the number of followers would not hit 100,000 through the course of the event in the second city. By the close on Thursday, there were over 106,000, with this rising to near 120,000 by Friday afternoon.

This is still somewhat short of Boris Johnson though. The popular London mayor presently has just a few thousand short of half a million followers.

The two men, thought by many political commentators to be rivals to lead the Conservative Party in the future, are following each other.

Johnson’s @MayorofLondon account is one of just 35 to get such an honour; all of which are Conservative MPs or linked to the party.


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