David Cameron has become the first British prime minister to join the social network Twitter.
The PM registered the user name @david_cameron on Saturday, 6 October, and by Sunday morning had already gained nearly 70,000 followers. In contrast the prime minister is only following seven accounts, those of the Conservative MPs David Jones, Maria Miller, Eric Pickles, Boris Johnson, Williams Hague and Jeremy Hunt as well as the official Conservative party account.
Mr Cameron’s first tweet read “I’m starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won’t be “too many tweets…””, the latter part being a reference to an interview in 2009 where he proclaimed “too many tweets might make a tw*t”.
Two further tweets reference the PM visiting a hospital on Saturday and appearing on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday morning.
The opening of this personal account sits alongside the official @Number10gov account, which relays more official news from the prime minister’s office.