Pope Francis I, aka Papa Francisco, aka Jorge M Bergoglio has had a twitter account since April, and has over 120,000 followers. That last sentence initially said "over 67,000 followers," when I wrote it a few minutes ago, but there's nothing like becoming pope to boost your twitter following. Here's Pope Francis' first tweet on April 20th, a holiday that I think we can assume he was not celebrating:
Heme aquí, mi primer tweet. ¿Una #MisaSimuladora? Veo que hay mucho trabajo por hacer hijos míos...— Jorge M Bergoglio (@JMBergoglio) April 20, 2012
Translation (from Google Translate): Here I am, my first tweet. A # MisaSimuladora? I see there is much work to do my children ...
"Misa Simuladora" translates to "Mass Simulator." Not sure what the cardinal was referring to there, but hey, he dropped a hashtag on his first tweet. Not bad.
On becoming pope, Pope Francis I expressed his gratitude to his then, 60,000-some followers:
Inmensamente feliz de ser el nuevo Papa, Francisco I— Jorge M Bergoglio (@JMBergoglio) March 13, 2013
Translation: I am immensely lucky to be the new Pope, Francis I. Twenty minutes later, Pope Francis I, sounding overwhelmed with emotion, tweeted:
Quizás peco de humildad al decir que soy un simple representante de Dios en La Tierra al igual que Dios lo es de mí en El Cielo.— Jorge M Bergoglio (@JMBergoglio) March 13, 2013
Translation (Google): Maybe sin of humility to say I'm just a representative of God on earth as God is with me in Heaven.
Pope Francis' social media savvy will serve him well in a world where popes are now expected to tweet. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI (@pontifex) was the first pope to tweet, but now it is surely an assumed responsibility, one that Francis I seems to enjoy. Speaking of Benedict XVI, his twitter account now shows only a single tweet:
HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM— Pontifex (@Pontifex) March 13, 2013