Tweeting, Kremlin-Style

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev went straight to the source, joining Twitter by sending his first Tweet from the social network’s headquarters in San Francisco.

Medvedev’s account, @KremlinRussia, had already amassed nearly 9,000 followers at the time of this post.

The English translation of the Tweet (pictured below), roughly: Hello everyone, I’m now on Twitter and this is my first message.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote on the Twitter Blog:

We may be a relatively small company of about 200 employees, but we have a global mindset. Twitter is growing very fast internationally these days. In fact, about 60 percent of our usage is outside of the United States. That’s why we are honored today that President Medvedev of Russia stopped by our office for a brief tour and his inaugural Tweet.

It was incredibly generous of the president to stop by with such a busy schedule. Recognizing the power of new technology and learning to leverage it to advance humanity in positive and meaningful ways is a powerful display of leadership. It was a great chance for us to share our passionate belief that the open exchange of information can have a positive global impact.

Mr. President, welcome to San Francisco and Silicon Valley!