Cameron’s Twitter account grows fast but also draws critics
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/16/2012 -- Great Britain’s prime minister has taken to Twitter, and within four days he had more than 100,000 followers.
David Cameron gave a preview of a keynote speech Oct. 10 to his followers on the microblogging site. “I’m leveling with the British people in my speech at 11.30,” he wrote. “It’s sink or swim, do or decline. How we’ll ensure Britain wins the Global Race.”
The prime minister has vowed to post edgier political material, but @David_Cameron has already drawn a host of critics and abuse. A remark by @thisisamy went: “I am seriously angry by @David_Cameron’s comments. Stop LYING & pretending you’re helping the poor & vulnerable. You do not care one bit.”
Another promised daily messages for the prime minister. “Hello Dave,” wrote @Codeine74, “this is your daily reminder that thousands of Britain’s most vulnerable people are suffering more thanks to you.”
Previously, Cameron had been wary of social media such as Twitter. In a 2009 radio interview, he said, “The trouble with Twitter, the instantness of it – too many twits.”
But the Tory leader has made an about-face, perhaps lured by the potential to reach British voters directly.
After he signed up for Twitter, he defended the move in an interview with Sky News.
“In this modern world, you have got to use every means to try and communicate your message and explain to people why you are doing it,” Cameron said. “You’ve got to get with the program, I suppose.”
Aides to the prime minister have said the Twitter presence will help Cameron target voters and be a “more political” outlet. Official Downing Street accounts cannot be used for partisan efforts.
Cameron’s next goal is to get more followers than his Labor Party rival. Ed Milliband boasts 166,000 Twitter followers.
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