When the Queen of England, the Pope, and your mother are on Twitter, and you aren’t, it’s clear that something is wrong.
The wonderful thing about the social media website Twitter is the diversity in usership, which allows people of any and all professions, including religious and royal figures, to connect and communicate online.
Sure, the British royal family might not have tweeted directly at you when the newest royal baby is born. But you can follow them nonetheless. Here are some notable figures in the tweet-world that are using Twitter to reach out to their communities online:
The British Monarchy – @BritishMonarchy
The Queen is actually very well connected, as far as technology is concerned. The British Monarchy’s official website details a timeline of the royal family and technology – it pins the royal Twitter as created in 2009, around a year after their YouTube channel was created, and a year before their official Facebook page.
Unfortunately, the Queen does not do the tweeting herself. Even so, the royal happenings are very well documented and worth keeping up with, whether or not the news is being tweeted from a royal phone. It’s almost like being with outside St. Mary’s hospital with them at the birth of the baby, only without the celebratory cigars.
Barack and Michelle Obama – @BarrackObama and @FLOTUS
Barack Obama became the first president to use Twitter to communicate to the public in 2011, when he hosted a Twitter Town Hall, the International Business Times reports. The President verbally responded to a selection of questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskObama.
Luckily the White House Twitter team was on hand to abbreviate his answers to 140 characters.
Michelle and Barack both have official Twitter pages, which are mostly run by staff, though sometimes (more frequently for the First Lady than the President), direct tweets are sent and signed either “bo” (Barack Obama) or “mo” (Michelle Obama).
Queen Rania of Jordan – @QueenRania
Now here’s a queen that actually does a lot of personal tweeting. Rania’s twitter account description is “A mum and a wife with a really cool day job…” – the day job in reference to running the country of Jordan with her husband and King, of course.
In an interview on TechCrunch, the Queen notes about her progressive use of Twitter:
“Social media are a catalyst for the advancement of everyone’s rights. It’s where we’re reminded that we’re all human and all equal. It’s where people can find and fight for a cause, global or local, popular or specialized, even when there are hundreds of miles between them,” she said.
Her tweets exemplify this message as they balance her personal and professional life, humanizing and humbling royal status beautifully.
Pope Francis – @Pontifex
While Pope Benedict was officially the first pope on twitter, posting a total of 39 tweets (all archived at the Vatican’s website), Pope Francis took over the official Twitter handle once elected. The new pope tweeted “Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis,” and has continued on since then.
More than just being active in the twittersphere, however, the Vatican has also offered Pope Francis’ twitter followers “indulgences” – or time off of purgatory after the confession of sins – in return for their following along with “Catholic World Youth Day” by social media.
Photo courtesy of Semilla Luz via Flickr.
Clearly, Twitter has become extremely influential tool for leaders of all sorts.
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