Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates has delved into the Twittersphere and is being welcomed with open arms by celebrity Twitter veterans such as Ashton Kutcher and Ryan Seacrest. His verified account already has tens of thousands of followers and is growing by the minute.
The billionaire philanthropist, who famously quit Facebook last year because he found he found the mountain of friend requests "irritating," appears to have re-kindled his affection with social networking, at least for now.
Gates made his first 'tweet' four hours ago with the well-worn programming phrase "hello world."
He currently has about 40,000 followers, but the figure is growing by the second.
You can follow Gates on Twitter here.
This story, "Gates Moves to Twitter" was originally published by Computerworld Australia.