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Rupert Murdoch Joins Twitter, Praises Santorum

January 3, 2012

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch began the new year by creating a Twitter account, posting under the handle @rupertmurdoch, spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop at News International confirmed on Monday.

The 80-year-old chairman and CEO of News Corporation caused quite a stir on the micro-blogging website, posting a series of tweets about issues ranging from his family holiday in the Caribbean to the number of holidays taken by British workers.

Most members of Twitter, a site typically associated with young liberals and web-savvy celebrities, greeted Murdoch with a mixture of horror and amazement.

Nevertheless, by Sunday night — just hours after Murdoch had created his account — more than 32,000 people had signed up to receive his Tweets.  By Monday that number had grown to 47,000.

““¦I’m getting killed for fooling around here and friends frightened what I may really say!” wrote Murdoch in response to a fellow Twitter user’s comment.

Murdoch´s foray into the world of Twitter was even more surprising given the role the site played as host to a campaign last year urging advertisers to boycott Murdoch´s News of the World amid a major hacking scandal.  The paper ultimately closed down.

Some suspect Murdoch´s move into Twitter is part of a News Corporation public relations strategy to improve his image, a claim News Corporation sources denied, saying it was simply a genuine attempt to learn about new technology.

News of Murdoch´s account spread quickly after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted a message saying the media titan would grace Twitter “with his own voice, in his own way”.

Among other topics, the controversial billionaire posted views about life in Britain and the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, calling Rick Santorum “the only candidate with genuine big vision” for the United States.

“Good to see Santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other.”

“Can´t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum,” he wrote.

Mr. Murdoch has so far chosen to “follow” just four people: Mr. Dorsey, Google co-founder Larry Page, British businessman Lord Sugar and entrepreneur Mark Pincus.

“My resolutions, try to maintain humility and always curiosity. And of course diet!” read a tweet Murdoch directed to Dorsey on Sunday night.

“Great to see alexsalmond Briton of the year,” Murdoch wrote in a separate tweet voicing his support of Scotland´s First Minister Alex Salmond.

Responding to a tweet by Lord Sugar saying he would not be back at work until tomorrow, Murdoch wrote: “Maybe Brits have too many holidays for broke country!”

That tweet was later deleted, but not before being captured by the media and other Twitter users.

Murdoch´s introductory post urged people to read Matt Ridley´s The Rational Optimist, and to see the forthcoming George Clooney movie “The Descendants”, distributed by the News Corp.-owned Fox Searchlight Pictures.

In addition to Dorsey, other prominent figures welcomed Murdoch to the popular micro-blogging site.

“Welcome to Twitter“¦ @ RupertMurdoch.  I´ve left you a Happy New Year message on my voicemail!” wrote Britain´s former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

“Now this is going to be fascinating“‰“¦ welcome to Twitter my old boss @RupertMurdoch,” wrote former News of the World editor Piers Morgan.

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Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports