Edward Snowden’s Twitter Debut: More Than 453,000 Engagements

Infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden signed up for Twitter on Tuesday, quickly finding an audience (and that all-important verification mark).

Infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden signed up for Twitter on Tuesday, quickly finding an audience (and that all-important verification mark).

Snowden, now the director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, has been living in Russia since leaving the United States in 2013.

Data from Talkwalker shows that since Snowden’s first tweet:

  • @Snowden has received 227.2K mentions
  • @Snowden has received 453.5K engagements (likes, retweets, etc)
  • Snowden has received 16.2K “Welcome to Twitter” mentions

Check out his first Tweet:

As of 9 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Snowden has 1.05 million followers on Twitter, but is only following one account: The official account for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. Snowden 2So far, he’s used Twitter to have conversations with famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson:

Readers: Do you follow Snowden on Twitter?

Image courtesy of Edward Snowden on Twitter.