From Russia With Love, by Way of Silicon Valley

July 15, 2010

President Barack Obama and ex-British PM Gordon Brown might have been the earliest adopters among world leaders on Twitter (@BarackObama and @Number10gov, respectively). But since then, there’s been a steady stream of executive arrivals, including @netanyahu, @PMHarper, @sebastianpinera, @HHSHKMOHD, @hatoyamayukio, @KevinRuddPM, and @QueenRania, among others.

Heck, even Hugo Chavez has gotten in on the act (@chavezcandanga). And there’s now a website directory,, to help keep track of all the world’s public officials in the Twittersphere.

Recently, live from a tour of Silicon Valley, U.S.A., Russian President Medvedev became one of the latest world leaders to practice oratory in under 140 words (@KremlinRussia or @KremlinRussia_E for the English speakers out there). His first tweet — Всем привет! Я в Твиттере и это мое6 первое сообщение!” — translates to “Hello everyone! I’m on Twitter, and this is my first tweet.”

How tweet it is!

Not to be outdone, Medvedev then headed over to Twitter’s HQ, for a modern Kodak Moment, promptly posted to TwitPic, of course:

One small step for a man, one giant step for a superpower.

To keep track of developments in the Russian economy, including its planned high-tech innovation center, Skolkovo (often referred to as Russia’s Silicon Valley), check out, a relatively new news aggregator maintained by Ketchum on behalf of the Russian Federation.