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This article was published on January 1, 2012

Rupert Murdoch joins Twitter, immediately comes under fire

Rupert Murdoch joins Twitter, immediately comes under fire

As the world welcomed the New Year or prepared for their New Years Eve celebrations, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch decided not only would he make himself more accessible to the public, he would create himself a Twitter account.

You would be forgiven for thinking that Murdoch’s account, @rupertmurdoch, was a fake account; it has the default Twitter icon and the eight posted tweets on his account are ‘different’, to say the least.

However, the account has already been given Twitter’s stamp of approval, having been verified, and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (and former employee Piers Morgan) have already welcomed the media mogul to the service:

Twitter users were still unsure as to whether the public figure, who recently hit the headlines after a number of his newspapers were found to be hacking phones owned by celebrities and Royals in the UK, was actually tweeting on the account, but that didn’t stop them posting what they really felt:

You can keep up with the public response, here.

Murdoch’s first tweets are certainly a mixed bag. One talks about the “interesting but fair” Steve Jobs biography, another references his time spent with his daughters “uboating” and he even goes as far to recommend George Clooney for an Oscar. With his tweets already reaching 13,000+ followers, the News Corp. boss has already captured the attention of many users.

Whether the account will be used as an attempt to win back favour with Twitter users or whether his advisors are utilising the account to test how the service will work for him, remains to be seen.

It’s only his first day on Twitter but we can expect his follower base to expand exponentially in the coming days, as many users try as hard as they can to hack his password.

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