Ladies and gentlemen, Monica Lewinsky is on a quest to end cyberbullying so has decided to join Twitter.
She has been a member of the social media channel for less than two hours and already has over 10,000 followers, who are presumably hoping for the 41-year-old to share details from her much-publicised presidential past.
So what can we learn from her Twitter stint so far?
She has described herself as a social activist, public speaker, contributor to Vanity Fair, (a reference to the piece she wrote for the magazine in May, detailing life following the Bill Clinton scandal), as well as, unpredictably and most mysteriously, a “knitter of things without sleeves” - perhaps gloves, socks or gilets.
Her somewhat limited first tweet offered little insight into her mind:
excited (and nervous) to speak to #Under30Summit; Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) October 20, 2014
The “public speaker” aspect alludes to her first public address, made today at Forbes’ inaugural 30 Under 30 summit in Philadelphia, where she pledged to help end cyberbullying describing herself as “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet”.
Lewinsky’s 1998 affair with Clinton led to his eventual impeachment that same year.
The Lewinsky Scandal In Pictures
The Lewinsky Scandal In Pictures
1/11 Greeting guests: Monica Lewinsky in 1997.
2/11 Lewinsky attends a White House function with Clinton in 1997.
3/11 The now infamous blue dress, among other gifts given to Lewinsky by Clinton that would be used as evidence in his impeachment trial.
4/11 Lewinsky leaves court on 20 August, 1998, after testifying before a grand jury investigating Clinton.
5/11 A handwritten note to Clinton by Lewinsky that would be later counted on as evidence in his 21-day Senate trial.
6/11 Marcia Lewis, the mother of Monica Lewinsky, prepares to meet reporters on February 10, 1998, outside of the US District Courthouse in Washington.
7/11 Clinton's lawyer, Robert Bennett, addresses the press outside the courtroom on March 5, 1998.
8/11 Lewinsky is escorted by police officers, federal investigators and her attorney, William Ginsburg, as she leaves the Federal Building May 28, 1998.
9/11 The impeachment hearing in progress in November 1998.
10/11 Clinton apologises to the nation for lying to them over his affair with Monica Lewinsky in December 1998
11/11 Monica Lewinsky escorted to her hotel in New York, ahead of her video taped deposition to Republican prosecutors.
In her speech she said that although Twitter, Instagram or Facebook didn’t yet exist, “there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails which could be forwarded.”
“Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up,” she said.
“Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly ‘social media’.”
She also said that she was “in love” with Clinton and their affair was “everything” to her. However, she now wants to put her “suffering to good use” and help end internet shaming.
“Staring at the computer screen, I spent the day shouting: ‘oh my god!’ and ‘I can’t believe they put that in’ or ‘That’s so out of context,’” she said of the time following the scandal. “And those were the only thoughts that interrupted a relentless mantra in my head: ‘I want to die.’”Reuse content