Backstory:
A couple years ago we came up with the idea to create a bunch of world leader twitter accounts that students could Twitter for as part of their grade for the world regions class. Most of the world leaders are titled Plaid_lastname. You can see a list of them here, we’re now up to 152 accounts!

A couple have gotten attention before – our Dimtry Medvedev got a lot of followers after the real Medvedev visited Twitter headquarters and sign up, but then didn’t use him name – he used KremlinRU.

Also Muammar Gaddafi has been featured on a list of funny tweets from fake world leaders.

Our Abdullah Gul account has over 13,000 follows – the most of any!

Now:
So on January 2, 2011 Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter and decided to follow 4 people – Jack Dorsey, Mark Pincus, Lord Sugar and our very own Larry Page class account (@Plaid_Page)

I friend informed me on Twitter of his follow and I soon after logged in as Plaid Page and sent Rupert this tweet:

 

Here is his response (one of 2 @replies thus far)

Our Page account has gained over 1500 new followers in the last 24 hours and quite a few news stories have mentioned how Murdoch is follow a fake Larry Page account.

BBC: News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch joins Twitter social network.
“Mr Murdoch also follows Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus, Twitter’s executive chairman Jack Dorsey, and a spoof account purporting to be from Google’s chief executive Larry Page.”

Financial Times: Media tycoon Murdoch takes to Twitter 
““I’m getting killed for fooling around here and friends frightened what I may really say!” Mr Murdoch said in reply to a tweet from a spoof account pretending to be Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, inviting him to join the search company’s nascent social network, Google+.”

CNN: Media mogul Murdoch joins Twitter
“Among other tweets by Murdoch, who also follows Google co-founder Larry Page, Silcon Valley entrepreneur and British businessman Alan Sugar, were an expression of support for Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.”

ZDNet: Rupert Murdoch starts tweeting; Twitterverse returns heavy fire
“ZDNet UK columnist Jack Schofield questioned why Murdoch is only following four people, including a “Fake Larry Page”.”

We’ll see how long he keeps on following our Page account, and lasts on Twitter as whole….

 

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