From Russia With Love, by Way of Silicon Valley

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.

Jonathan is a Partner and the Global Director of Ketchum Digital. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters, and is into the social web, progressive politics, cycling, scuba diving and travel. Connect with him on Twitter — @jonathankopp — or just about any other social network.