London: It seems that Hugo Chavez, who
is known for his long speeches, now wants to test his ability
to deliver concise messages -- the Venezuelan President has
announced that he would join micro-blogging site `Twitter`.
The 55-year-old speaks to the nation for hours every
Sunday on his radio and television programme, but on Twitter
he will be limited to much shorter messages of 140 characters
each time, `The Daily Telegraph` reported.
His use of Twitter also marks a new tactic in his
approach to the internet and social networking. In January,
Chavez had said that using Twitter, the internet and text
messaging to criticise his regime was "terrorism".
He has now decided to use the social networking tool
for his own purposes.
"Comandante Chavez is going to open his Twitter
account soon to wage the battle online. I`m sure he`ll break
records for numbers of followers," Diosdado Cabello, Director
of Venezuela`s state-run telecommunications agency, was quoted
as saying on Venezuelan television.
US President Barack Obama has 3.8 million followers on
the social networking tool.