Bill Clinton joins Twitter, for real

Former president Bill Clinton has officially joined Twitter, using the handle @billclinton.

He sent his first tweet late Wednesday night and by Thursday morning had about 300,000 followers. Earlier this month, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert helped Clinton set up a Twitter account on his show, using the handle @PrezBillyJeff.

"I think I’m sort of insecure. What if you tweet, and nobody tweets back?” Clinton asked. “There’s nothing worse than a friendless tweeter, right? You're just wandering around in cyberspace.”

Just last night, Colbert lamented that Clinton hadn't used the account again. Now that Clinton has his own account, Colbert is triumphant:

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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