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George W. Bush gets a BlackBerry. Is Twitter next?

October 14, 2009 |  5:52 am

George-w-bush Former President George W. Bush just got a new BlackBerry, according to a tweet by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

Stone posted a picture of him posing with Bush at a conference, which appears to be the World Knowledge Summit in Seoul, Korea, as indicated by Stone's previous tweets.

Now that Bush has his very own smart phone, Stone asks, "Will tweets be next?"

Twitter has proved to be a very effective medium for promoting books and engaging with fans.

Many politicians like Bush suspend e-mail activities while in office for fear all messages would be subject to public information laws.

If the long-rumored Bush book, a deal reportedly valued at $7 million, is indeed imminent, now seems like the right time to start building a following.

Bush shouldn't have to deal with any user-name squatters either. He appears to already own the Twitter profile for @GeorgeWBush.

Bush's longtime senior advisor and strategist, Karl Rove, who also has a book coming out in the near future, has been very active here on Twitter all year.

He's acquired some 90,000 followers from all political sides by actively sending several tweets a day with recommended articles, his observations and media appearances. And even responding to some followers.

But here's the question: How many would follow Rove's old boss?

-- Mark Milian

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