Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has chosen today, Budget day, to join the international Twitter community, becoming
@George_Osborne. He tweeted his first around 8.40 this morning, and sadly it wasn't a LOL cat link. @George_Osborne: "Today I'll present a Budget that tackles the economy's problems head on helping those who want to work hard & get on pic.twitter.com/20nyTj0UCF"
The excitement on the social media site was immediately palpable (but not always polite):
Best hashtag ever regarding George Osbourne # @Pheebs_13: briefcasewanker @davidschneider: George_Osborne to cut tweets to 135 characters by 2015 except for people with +200K followers. We don't want to drive them abroad budget @ The outpouring of love towards the new-to-twitter StephenMangan: george_osborne is bringing a tear to my eye. Reminds me of this http://youtu.be/qqM0Ube0oLs Oh my God @Herring1967: George_Osborne is on Twitter! Another slid decision from him that I can't see even possibly going wrong. @johnprescott: George_Osborne One personal plea. Please don't introduce a tax on tweets. It'll ruin me twitterbudget George Osborne should have "I like to budget, budget. I like to... BUDGET!" as his walk-on music. Then people would like him. @The_Dolphin_Pub: @james_blue_cat: George_Osborne HELLO WHAT IS YOUR WORST ENCOUNTER EVER WITH SPIDER-MAN? @tom_watson: George_Osborne You're posing for a twitpic? Here's my one piece of advice: sack Shapps. (Google twitpic, you'll thank me later) Unemployment up by 7,000. Happy budget day @GuidoFawkes: george_osborne. @datacurator: George_Osborne's avatar lol *concerned for the country face* The only growth we're going to see from @PatrickStrud: George_Osborne today is his follower numbers. Having had his appetite for interaction with the public whetted at the Paralympics, @OwenJones84: George_Osborne has joined Twitter Gonna follow @Joey7Barton: george_osborne to see if he actually tweets. If it turns out to be one of his servants, he'll be getting unfollowed sharpish! One tweet and nearly 4,000 followers - that's the type of multiplier effect @harrynwilson: George_Osborne has been dreaming about for the last three years @AdamBienkov: George_Osborne's arrival on Twitter not entirely welcomed by users so far: pic.twitter.com/tjHlCavxDg