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The man who helped revolutionize the way we use computers, has finally hopped on the Twitter bandwagon by signing up for an account.
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Microsoft founder and Chairman, Bill Gates, created his Twitter account on Tuesday and in less than 24 hours, he has already amassed more than 160,000 followers.
Gates wrote in his first post on the micro-blogging site, "'Hello World.' Hard at work on my foundation letter — publishing on 1/25."
Twitter has 'verified' the account and has confirmed that Microsoft's Bill Gates created it.
One of the reason Gates decided to start a Twitter feed is so he can more readily promote his charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The charity which specializes in promoting education and health in children was created by Gates and his wife and is funded using their money.
As we have seen through the past week, the power of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have proven invaluable in raising money or assisting in the relief effort.
That brings us to our blog question – is Twitter and other social networking sites a powerful force for good in the world or do you think it's a fad that will simply go away in a few years? Is it a pointless micro-blogging site or does it have serious value?
Please leave your comments below.