Satya Nadella gets verified on Twitter, sends first tweet as CEO

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hasn't made many public comments outside of staged events, but he just claimed the title of the company's most active chief executive on social media ever by default.

Nadella sent his first tweet as Microsoft's CEO late Tuesday, the first tweet from his account in nearly four years. Earlier in the day, Nadella updated the account with profile information, and he was made a verified user Tuesday night. With his first tweet, Nadella promised to update followers more frequently, though he didn't exactly set a high standard for himself.

The tweet makes Nadella the company's most active CEO ever on social media, as Microsoft co-founder and first CEO Bill Gates left the top spot in 2006 before social media took off. Gates has since become an incredibly popular Twitter user since he left his day-to-day duties at Microsoft, however, sending his first tweet in 2010 and amassing almost 15 million followers since then. Former CEO Steve Ballmer never had verified public Twitter or Facebook accounts as CEO, though he said the Twitter account @stevebmicrosoft is his "private" account.

Just how engaging Nadella will be with consumers on social media remains to be seen, although he won't have to try too hard to beat his peers' activeness on Twitter. Apple CEO Tim Cook sent his first tweet in September, and he's only tweeted 37 times in all, while Google CEO Larry Page doesn't have a Twitter account, though he unsurprisingly has a Google+ profile he updates fairly regularly.

Source: Satya Nadella (Twitter) | Image via Microsoft

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I am not sure what he meant with that?
Did he try to tell us that he'll be tweeting a lot?
Then what the F*** are they paying him for? Tweeting?
I am so busy I sometimes dont go for weeks or months on facebook and not alone tweeter...
Why dont you first make something worth tweeting about instead of regurgitating the same ol' bull...

Euphoria said,
I am not sure what he meant with that?
Did he try to tell us that he'll be tweeting a lot?
Then what the F*** are they paying him for? Tweeting?
I am so busy I sometimes dont go for weeks or months on facebook and not alone tweeter...
Why dont you first make something worth tweeting about instead of regurgitating the same ol' bull...


He's only been the CEO for a few hours now... Lol

an his division alone made Microsoft about $4billion alone (cloud services) in the past 3yrs or so.
And he has improved cloud services big time for Microsoft while under his reign...

DaveGreen93 said,

Is that supposed to be 2000?

Gates announced it in 2000, helped transition Ballmer in, and official last days as CEO was 2006

that photo above remind me of dick dastardly from wacky races. sans mustache. i almost expect him to rub his hands together followed by maniacal laughs.

i guess bill gates is now his muttley.

Albert said,
that photo above remind me of dick dastardly from wacky races

wait til you see a photo of him straight on - the right hand side of his face is deformed and noticeably lower than the left (eyes/ears the lot).

Just goes to show what he really thinks of twitter.

Some MS PR person probably told him he MUST use twitter so it looks like he's "relevant" and "with it" about technology.

As a CEO I don't want a daily live stream from him anyway. When the hubbub's died down as long as he focuses on his job and does it well I'll be happy.

What about 'em? Difficult to pronounce? Same can be said of tongue-twisters from many other countries. It's about how we're all brought up and the languages we speak, which cause us to be more familiar with certain vocal sounds that trip up others.

All successful people know how dangerous it is to be on social media such as Facebook and twitter. It is good decision on their part to be not be very active or have any kind of social profile at all. It just saves lots of trouble to them.

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