Monday, December 3, 2012

Pope on Twitter, with more than one account, He is serious about the reach of social media.

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Well, what can I say, the Pope has more than one Twitter account from which to propagate da biz of religion.  I had to do a double take on this one when I was researching tonight.  May be just wants more  so he opened the second account. Hard to day.

I guess if the people don't come to your places then you go to their places ....

On Feb. 24, 2012 there was this article ....

The number of people following Pope Benedict XVI on Twitter has increased 400 percent over the last 24 hours.
On Feb. 23 his account had 2,500 subscribers, but today that figure is at more than 12,500 and is rising.

“It is quite incredible,” said Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, to EWTN News on Feb. 24.

“And not just the numbers who are now following the Pope’s Tweets but also the number who are then re-Tweeting his message to others. It’s great.”

The dramatic upsurge in interest in the Pope’s Twitter presence coincided with the beginning of Lent on Feb. 22.
On that day, Vatican officials began Tweeting part of the Pope’s Lenten message, an innovation they will continue every day until Easter.

Anyone can sign up to follow the Pope, whose messages are tweeted in English, Italian, Spanish, German and French, via @Pope2YouVatican. Soon they will also be available in Portuguese.

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Then, today - December 3, 2012 - there is this article .....

God's representative on Earth will soon be spreading his holy message via Twitter

He already has 1.2 billion 'followers' in the standard sense of the word but the Pope now has another type after entering what for any 85-year old is the brave new world of the social media site.

It was today announced that Pope Benedict's official handle on Twitter will be @Pontifex and within hours of the account going live this morning, the feed had attracted more than 70,000 followers.

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