Russian President Dmitry Medvedev received more than 15,000 followers in less than 12 hours after officially opening up his Twitter account during his visit to the United States.
Twitter, Inc. has confirmed that Medvedev has a verified account with the Internet blog system.
Medvedev's account is both in English and Russian, and he has so far added only two microblogs: U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. White House.
Obama and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the opening of Medvedev's account on their Twitter blogs.
Earlier, Medvedev became the first Russian to get the brand new iPhone 4, which are to go on sale on Thursday.
The Russian leader received the smarthphone as a present from Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his visit to the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California.
MOSCOW, June 24 (RIA Novosti)