26 Sep '11, 11am

Chavez, the tweeting president: (via Monocle mag)

Celebrities have used it to gossip, activists have used it to inform of uprisings, but only Venezuelan president Hugo Chàvez has used Twitter to govern. After recently reaching 2 million followers President Chàvez has become the second most followed political leader in the world, only after US President Barack Obama, with tweets that go well beyond campaigning or informing. Chàvez ’s tweets have included anything from announcing a pay raise to government workers to approving “the forced acquisition of a rice processing plant”. Through his twitter account @Chavezcandanga, Chàvez has reprimanded ministers, called the US a “parasite of the (world) economy”, and even broken his week-long silence following the emergency removal of a cancerous tumour in Cuba. But President Chàvez’s most ingenious use of Twitter has been as a means to engage in a one-on-one dialogue with his foll...

Full article: http://www.monocle.com/monocolumn/2011/09/26/chavez-the-t...

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