Venezuela’s Chavez hums Twitter’s praises to Castro

30 Apr 2010

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has urged Cuba’s revolutionary Fidel Castro and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales to get in on the tweeting act.

Chavez, who is over the moon with his tweeting success – he has amassed 119,981 followers in a couple of days – thinks Castro and Morales should also sign up to the Twitter movement.

Chavez is only following five people/movements himself, though including one that links to Castro himself.

It did, however, take Chavez a while to be won over by Twitter, but now he is on a roll and he appears to be very impressed with the Twitter “explosion”.

Here are some snippets from one of Chavez’s tweets, as reported by The Irish Times: “The potential this has … it’s not capitalist, it’s not socialist, it depends on how it is used … I invite Evo and Fidel.”

In his attempt to win over Morales, he tweets, “Evo – are you on Twitter? Let’s invite Evo to Twitter.”

Both Morales and Castro are close allies of the Venezuelan president and the three men are Latin America’s most vocal critics of what they call the US empire.

But see for yourself and get ready for a bit of translating from Espanola.

Incidentally, as reported by TechCrunch, part of Chavez’s username chavezcandanga translates as ‘devil” (candanga), but it can also mean a strong-willed individual.

Chavez, however, has a few mountains to climb before he reaches the pinnacle of Twitter success. For instance, actor Ashton Kutcher and pop star Britney Spears are destined to become the king and queen of Twitter, as they strive to reach 5 million followers each.

By Carmel Doyle

Photo: Venezuela President Hugo Chavez

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic