Microsoft founder and philanthropist-at-large Bill Gates has joined Twitter (@billgates) and is rapidly gaining followers. And after ditching Facebook because “it was way too much trouble”, Gates is back on Facebook with a new page.
Gates’ first Twitter update used the classic programmers opener “Hello world” before he tweeted a series of tweets on the crisis in Haiti. He then praised American TV host Ryan Seacrest and responded to Twitter obsessive Ashton Kutcher.
Doubt that it’s really Bill Gates tapping out tweets? Twitter has verified the account and Twitter employee Caroline Mizumoto (@caroline) has also confirmed that it’s really the Microsoft man. Oddly, Gates is currently using the web interface.
Gates’ return to Facebook has also been confirmed as the real deal. So far he’s shared links to his charitable foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and rather tediously, Microsoft.com. His shared photos include albums from trips to Africa and India.
You can follow Bill Gates on Twitter now and sign up to his Facebook page, just don’t expect him to send you an @reply or be interested in playing Mafia Wars…