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Bill Gates joins Twitter

Bill Gates joins Twitter

Bill is already ten times more popular than we are.

You might remember him as the founder of Microsoft, or the world’s wealthiest man, or as head of one of the world’s largest and wealthiest charitable foundations. Now he’s on social networking and messaging site Twitter, and despite being a latecomer he’s even managed to bag his own name as a username – still, if you’re worth $50,000 million, and have been repeatedly called one of the world’s most influential people, it would be somewhat unbecoming to have to use b1llgate5 or some other contrivance.

Despite having only signed up 15 hours ago, he already has ten times the followers of bit-tech – 166,511 at the time of writing – although this is some way down on the 4.4 million luminaries of our age such as Ashton Kutcher can boast.

Gates’ short bio says he’s joined the site to talk about “cool things I’m learning through my foundation work and other interests....” While so far this has been limited to a couple of tweets about the recent earthquake in Haiti, Gates has a reputation as a voracious reader (he even owns a copy of the Codex Leicester, a collection of Leonardo Da Vinci’s writings, and one of the world’s most expensive books) with a wide range of interests and concerns. Some of these have been explored through his charity, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Funded by Gates and other wealthy donors such as investor Warren Buffet, it donates over $1.5 billion a year to various projects around the world, including HIV research and large-scale vaccination programs.

A few other tech CEOS can be found on Twitter, including Eric Schmidt of Google and John Lily of Mozilla. Fruit Messiah Steve Jobs is one obvious absentee, of course.

Interested in what Bill Gates is up to now that he’s largely left Microsoft? Or is charity work not as fascinating as software? Let us know your thoughts on the forums, and of course, you should follow bit-tech!

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azrael- 20th January 2010, 12:37 Quote
bit-tech's on Twitter? What's Twitter btw....?
Er-El 20th January 2010, 12:45 Quote
Give it a few days and he'll beat Ashton Kutcher's record.
mi1ez 20th January 2010, 12:47 Quote
Could be interesting to see what's reading, but largely uninteresting I would imagine...
Sifter3000 20th January 2010, 12:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
bit-tech's on Twitter? What's Twitter btw....?

It's... well, it can be a lot of things. You can use it like Facebook for messaging friends, but you can also use it as an easy way to follow websites and people, like RSS, but less fiddly.
smc8788 20th January 2010, 12:57 Quote
Since when has Ashton Kutcher had something so useful or important to say that over 4 million people had to hear it?
azrael- 20th January 2010, 12:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sifter3000
Quote:
Originally Posted by azrael-
bit-tech's on Twitter? What's Twitter btw....?

It's... well, it can be a lot of things. You can use it like Facebook for messaging friends, but you can also use it as an easy way to follow websites and people, like RSS, but less fiddly.
I know what Twitter is. Was more of a poor attempt at a joke... :)

That being said, I have about as much use for it as I have for Facebook, which is absolutely none.
[USRF]Obiwan 20th January 2010, 13:07 Quote
Twitter.. tsssss I had that in 1992. it was called IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and now it is a bird...
msm722 20th January 2010, 13:09 Quote
Quote:

Twitter is over capacity.

Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again.

Bill Gates has broken Twitter.
bowman 20th January 2010, 13:22 Quote
Twitter is pointless. It's like Facebook without profiles, or instant messaging without the practicality, or RSS feeds without the verbosity, or blogs without the depth.

In ten years we'll be laughing at Twitter the way we laugh at the 80s now.
Blademrk 20th January 2010, 13:58 Quote
I love using twitter, I even got a Plasma TV out of it
woodss 20th January 2010, 13:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by msm722
Bill Gates has broken Twitter.

I lol'd - it was probably a company memo at microsoft "add BG on twitter"
TSR2 20th January 2010, 18:15 Quote
So that MS can launch Mitter? 'Now you have only 140 characters to describe your problem'
thehippoz 20th January 2010, 18:24 Quote
can see bill on his private jet and looks up billgates on twitter.. roid raged call

ok this is how it is.. that transvestite with my name has gotta go.. no I don't wear eyeliner and like buttsecks
macroman 22nd January 2010, 01:35 Quote
Yawn...
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