Hugo Chavez will start using Twitter

It looks like social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are becoming more and more popular among world leaders these days. President Barack Obama has already joined microblogging site Twitter, and apparently has a total of nearly 3.8 million followers.

And now it appears that Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, is following in the U.S. President’s footsteps. According to a report at, Hugo has recently announced that he too is going to start using the popular social networking site Twitter.

55-year old Mr Chavez already speaks to his people for hours every Sunday, through his radio and television program. However, when he joins Twitter he will limited to sending much shorter messages of only 140 characters or less each time he wants to send one.

It was only in January, that Mr Chavez described the use of Twitter, the Internet and text messaging to criticize his regime as “terrorism.” But Chavez has now decided to mark a new tactic in his approach to the Internet and social networking, and use Twitter for his own purposes.

Diosdado Cabello – director of Venezuela’s state-run telecommunications agency – went on Venezuelan television, and said “Commandante Chavez is going to open his Twitter account soon to wage the battle online,” reports Bloomberg News.