Pope shows he’s no twit with polite pontifications
Apple will be literally thanking the heavens today after Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet from an iPad. You just can’t buy that kind of publicity.
According to news.com.au @ponitfex, as he is known on Twitter, exceeded one million followers last night after his debut tweet. Take that, Justin Bieber.
Here’s what the Tweet said:
“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”
Awww, thanks @pontifex and right back at you. Nice to see someone behaving themselves on Twitter for once, hopefully it will rub off.
He’s certainly got some leverage. The @pontifex handle is distributed in eight languages and the 85 year old is also up for questions, having responded to his many followers throughout the day.
By the way, the Vatican has asked that any questions of faith need to be sent using #askpontifex hashtag.
Imagine the possibilities – confession on DM? Weddings by proxy? Mass tweeted live? Not to mention speculation about who @pontifex will follow - @God perhaps?
Yep, @pontifex will be one to watch.
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