Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Following @Pontifex

The Pope sent his first "real" tweet out today on his official Twitter page (@Pontifex; the blue circle next to his name means that this is an authenticated account). My understanding is that the Pope will write his own content, though others will take care of actually posting it in the various languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, French, Arabic. Naturally, the Catholic bloggers and news agencies are all over this.

In view of his inaugural day on Twitter, the Vatican social media office invited people to submit questions for him, adding the tag #AskPontifex so the question would be noticed. Of course, the Holy Father won't be able to answer all of those questions (and challenges; some of them on the crude side)--that would be a full time job in itself! But there's nothing stopping you and me from checking that hashtag and responding ourselves. In fact, the Vatican communications office is hinting that we are invited to do just that.

At this point, his English profile has just under a million followers (are you there yet?).

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