David Cameron, the British prime minister, joined Twitter Saturday, making him the sixth world leader in the Group of 8 industrialized nations to sign on to the social network.
The Tory leader sent his first tweet at 5:55 p.m. London time, and in five hours had more than 62,000 followers.
"I'm starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader," he, or an aide posing as him, wrote. "I promise there won't be 'too many tweets...'"
I'm starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won't be "too many tweets..."— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) October 6, 2012
Though an official account for the prime minister's office, with 2.1 million followers, already bore his likeness, Cameron now joins President Barack Obama, French President François Hollande and Canadian Premier Stephen Harper as G8 leaders with personal accounts on the network.
The G8 is comprised of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia and Canada.
But like the existing account for Number 10 Downing Street, Japan and Russia have accounts that tweet robotic press release headlines for their nations' highest offices.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda gives English speakers a sampling of pictures of the premier meeting with officials from Liechtenstein and videos of press conferences. Another account, @YoshihikoNoda, is an automated aggregator of any stories mentioning Noda.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel remains Twitter-less, along with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, however the so-called queen of the European Union's leading parody account has been attracting thousands of followers.
- David Cameron