May 10th, 2010
Though he was against it before he was for it, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has now embraced Twitter with glee and vigor, rising to become the most-followed person in his country within days. Of course, Twitter’s a natural choice for a public character like Venezuela’s leader and would-be president-for-life. It’s unfiltered, so there’s no need to deal with those pesky opponents (or worse, journalists) who might add “context,” “interpretation” and maybe even “facts” to the discussion (c.f. Sarah Palin on Facebook). It’s short, so there’s no need to go beyond slogans and bromides. And it has global reach, so maybe actual world leaders will read what he has to say!
Not that he’s necessarily the one saying it — according to the AP, he’s hired a staff of TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE to manage his feed. It’s Twitter as government jobs program, and probably the only part of his policy program that’s actually helping the Venezuelan economy. Way to look out for the little guy, Hugo!