A newcomer to social media, Pope Benedict XVI blessed his followers on Twitter for the first time Wednesday, sending out the first tweet from his brand-new account, @Pontifex (Latin for "greatest pontiff").
Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.
— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) December 12, 2012
In a few short hours, the Pope's initial volley was retweeted 41,000 times and designated a "favorite" tweet nearly 14,000 times. How does his embrace of the technology stack up against the virgin efforts of other big names? Well, let's just say he demonstrates better punctuation skills than Lady Gaga, more modesty than Justin Bieber, less VOLUME than Oprah, and considerably more personality than the Dalai Lama. Here, a brief timeline of famous first tweets:
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, March 21, 2006:
just setting up my twttr
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006
Barack Obama, April 20, 2007:
Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq. Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007
Lady Gaga, March 26, 2008:
sequin catsuit thats been painted to my tired little bod, post tommy boy party, where I met the incredible dj bob sinclair "world! Hold...
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 27, 2008
Mark Zuckerberg, Feb. 13, 2009:
@ooontz I knew you'd be under ditka
— Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd) February 13, 2009
Justin Bieber, May 11, 2009:
Check out my single "ONE TIME" on my myspace and spread the word for me.Thankswww.myspace.com/justinbieber
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 12, 2009
Oprah, April 17, 2009:
HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY .
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 17, 2009
Bill Gates, Jan. 19, 2010
"Hello World."Hard at work on my foundation letter - publishing on 1/25.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 19, 2010
The Dalai Lama, Feb. 22, 2010:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Los Angeles - 21 February 2010 http://bit.ly/cRGXyr
— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) February 22, 2010
Beyoncé, April 5, 2012:
Hey World, It's B!I'm so excited to invite you to my new beyonce.com - we've been workinghard, and it's finally ready for you XO
— Beyoncé Knowles (@Beyonce) April 5, 2012