It created a fuss:
Steve Ballmer finally joins Twitter and reveals he's an iPhone user - Herald Sun - http://t.co/g6GcZ5YU4q— Harry Barnes (@hhbarnes) April 18, 2014
you’re telling me an unverified account claiming to be Steve Ballmer isn’t really Steve Ballmer? I refuse to believe that.— The real Jon Brodkin (@jbrodkin) April 18, 2014
Some even wonder if the account is his.
Coming soon to @Medium: "What I learned about life by pretending to be Steve Ballmer for three hours on Twitter."— Dan Frommer (@fromedome) April 18, 2014
Even Gizmodo is trying to figure out whether Steve has switched loyalties or this is a fake account:
Looks like Steve Ballmer's first tweets are from an iPhone http://t.co/H9em0vmsMU— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) April 18, 2014
However, Ballmer has apparently tweeted before. His first was a, wait for it, selfie.
Just as easily, Ballmer quashed all the fake account rumors by confirming that the account was indeed his:
Yet the confusion, about whether the account was real or fake remains.
LOL. Twitter tries to verify Steve Ballmer; Ballmer gets super confused - pic.twitter.com/C2hIrp2OP9— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) April 18, 2014
Steve no longer works with Microsoft and has the right to use any brand he wants to. It’s like saying someone working at Walmart can’t shop anywhere else.
Steven A. Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000 announced in 2013 that he would be leaving Microsoft, a company he had been with since 1980, a year later. Sure enough earlier this year Satya Nadella took over.
Ballmer, a Stanford University Graduate, was the first Business Manager hired by Bill Gates and was the President at Microsoft Corp. from July 1998 to February 2001, Executive Vice President, Sales and Support since February 1992 Executive Director of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000.
He spent a lifetime with Microsoft; but he’s not there anymore. He retires; moved on. Let him.