To Tweet or not to Tweet… That is the Question, suggests our columnist Gillian Sennett
I'm sitting writing my Christmas cards when I realise its about the only thing that I write by hand anymore, well, that and my shopping list. I'm a traditionalist. I like to receive a card that someone has at least bothered to write their name in, even if it is a hastily written scrawl. So keeping up with this personalized form of communication, I insist on handwriting everything in mine. Even the lengthy Christmas letter to those distant friends I never see from one year to the next.
These days emails have taken-over from letters and even texts are overtaking them as the world of communication gets increasingly shorter, faster and less personalized.
It's been 20 years since the first text was ever sent and how much has changed since then? Today people tweet. They post the minutiae of their lives for the world to see, to be scrutinized in detail, by fans, followers and now more commonly, lawyers.
I have succumbed, I mean if the Pope can tweet then so can I!
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Yes it's official, the Pope tweets. Well I bet he doesn't actually tweet, I bet it's someone who works for him. It's a bit like asking the Queen to
tweet. "One has someone who tweets for one".
So what does the Pope plan on telling us? Well one thing
he'll be saying by posting on @Pontifex is that his is the only official twitter account for the Pope and all the others out there are fakes. Yes people have been pretending to be "His Holiness"!
So what was his first tweet? "Dear friends," he wrote, "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," sent in 8
He's already beaten Ladbrokes estimate of a million
followers by the end of the year although they don't think he'll beat Lady Ga Ga's record though of 31 million followers by the end of next year.
Like me, with Christmas cards, the Pope is said to write everything in longhand, so won't actually be tweeting his messages, that'll be done by somebody else. That way the Pope can blame any typo's on "the staff".
He will however, say the Vatican, personally sign-off every tweet. So I guess he'll be pressing the send button then?!
So back to hand writing my Christmas cards again… "Yo Your Holiness, how's it hangin'? It's been ages since you wrote to me from the