Welcome to the brave new world of Twitter, Big G!
Keep at it and you might catch Al Gore's 191,000 followers someday. Hey, you guys seem to be pretty tight with the almost-president -- maybe he can share a few Twittering tips the next time he's announcing a major Google product?
But of course, the brand-spanking-new, official @Google account isn't Mountain View's first venture into Twitterland. @AdWordsHelper has been spreading the word of Google's advertising operations and helping out users since September, the @youtube account opened in August, and @googledata has been at it for a year already. "Google Data APIs for the win!"
It even looks like Google had a Twitter strategy in mind all along. Obscure products like Google's programming APIs (what @googledata is for) and @googleapps went live well before the main Google account. And I don't know whether anybody at Google actually follows the Tweets in that main account, but it's made some interesting choices among the fellow feeds it follows.
Chief among those are Microsoft's
Those are the only corporate Twitter feeds in @google's friend list. No mention of Time Warner's
OK, CNet is a CBS
Tweet on, Big G. I'll be listening, along with some 20,000 of my closest friends (and counting).
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