Paul Allen – welcome to Twitter
The man who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, made the personal computer easier to use, continues to be one of the richest men in America, created the Experience Music Project museum, and owns the Seattle Seahawks and part of the Sounders FC, can check off one more major accomplishment. Paul Allen tweets.
Tweeting is writing and posting a 140 character text-based message on Twitter. Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service which enables its users to send and read other users’ messages called tweets.
Though it is not a verified account yet, I’ve confirmed that this Twitter account Paul Allen signed up for last year really is his. So far, he’s sent out five tweets.
Earlier this year Allen’s buddy, Bill Gates, started using a Twitter account too. Gates now has more than 1.5 million followers. His latest message was from China, where he was “on way to Shenzhen to meet Warren and others.” Billionaires call each other by their first names, nice. Warren is, of course, Warren Buffett.
In Allen’s first tweet on September 22nd, he mentioned he was: “In Kona, working on the book.” He’s also congratulated Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll for Sunday’s win: “We couldn’t have done it Sunday without the crowd. Chargers saw what the 12th Man is all about. Congrats coach.”
A tweet this morning surprised me!
Allen’s health is improving too. He told a Portland reporter recently, “I’m feeling better than I have in a long time.” Tests earlier this month show he is free of cancer. Allen’s diagnosis of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma was made public in November 2009. He is also a survivor of another immune system cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which he battled more than 20 years ago.