News just out is that God’s number one man on earth, The Pope, has just sent his first tweet.
Sources aren’t clear but we are mostly certain it wasn’t a request for Hell Pizza in 140 characters or less. Apparently the new Twitter account, under the jazzy handle @news_va_en was tapped out onto an ipad by the 85 year old, Pope Benedict.
The tweet won’t win any copywriting contests, simply saying - “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI”
And with a name like that it doesn’t leave much room for retweeting!
We are uncertain whether the Pope’s tweet has been favorited, or whether the Pope is working on improving his Klout score, or Sunday Times Social Media score. But on that point we wonder how the new Head of Social Media for the papacy will handle it when the Pope reaches the Guru badge stage on that esteemed list.
Could be tricky!
Does this mean that there will be a whole new cyber means of hearing confession?
Bless me Father for I have sinned, it’s been three days since my last tweet.
There are no immediate plans for the Pope to join Linkedin, and some Catholics have already expressed their disappointment that they will not be able to capitalise on the Pope’s impressive earthly and heavenly networks.*
But is God, or at least his earthly representative (that’ll be the Pope not Mark Zuckerberg) on Facebook? The answer is surprisingly, yes. A number of Facebook pages come up answering to the name Pope Benedict although a couple describe the head of the Catholic church as Actor/Director, and Monarch.
The official page appears to be at – www.facebook.com/BenedictXVI but there’s no way of verifying as there is on Twitter. No blue ticks, or crosses, for that matter, here. It’s surprisingly incongruous reading the Papal page full of benedictions in Italian with the side bar full of events I’ve been invited to like – New Years Pre Drinks at The Barge, and ads for Tescos tasty bacon.
But the most surprising thing? It’s not that there’s a page, it’s not that the Pope didn’t throw the ipad into a modern day pyre of technology and it’s not that the Pope managed to still sound pious in 140 characters.
The most surprising thing of all is that God’s Number One representative on earth and on Facebook, is not Mark Zuckerberg (as he thinks!) And what’s more God’s Number 1 man is liked by only 10,000 people.
God, if you’re listening Big Guy, I could give you a hand with your social media strategy.
*I could be making this up.