Acting Venezuelan President's Twitter pulls in 500,000 followers in 9 days

Nicolas Maduro, new to Twitter as of March 17th, has gained 500,000 followers in just over a week. He has some way to go to match opponent Henrique Capriles's 2.2 million

by The Commentator on 27 March 2013 10:51

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The Twitter account of acting Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has gained 500,000 followers in just over a week.

Maduro, new to Twitter as of March 17th, has taken to the social media website in an attempt to communicate with his followers ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections, scheduled for April 14th, when he will look to overcome opponent Henrique Capriles.

The acting president had earlier suggested that he would invite the 500,000th subscriber of his Twitter account for a personal meeting, RIA Novosti reported.

This latest move is likely part of a broader effort to increase Maduro's personal profile in a bid to replicate some of the personality and populism so often associated with chavismo and its founder, Hugo Chavez.

But Maduro has some way to go to fill the boots of the deceased Venezuelan president - a household name world-wide, who had over 4.2 million Twitter followers.

Chavez, a renowned Twitter enthusiast who opened his account in April 2010, last tweeted on February 18th, some two weeks before his death on March 5th. His last tweet read: "I still cling to Christ and trust in my doctors and nurses. Ever onward to victory! We will live and overcome!" 

Meanwhile, Maduro's opponent, Henrique Capriles, is also some way ahead in the Twitter stakes, with over 2.3 million followers.

The governer shot to international fame in 2012 after gaining 44.31 percent of the vote in the 2012 presidential election, losing to Hugo Chavez.

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