It seems that Hugo Chavez, who is known for his long speeches, now wants to test his ability to deliver concise messages — Venezuelan President has announced that he would join micro-blogging site Twitter.

Mr. Chavez (55) speaks to the nation for hours every Sunday on his radio and television programme, but on Twitter he will be limited to much shorter messages of 140 characters each time, reported The Daily Telegraph.

His use of Twitter also marks a new strategy in approach to the Internet and social networking. In January, Mr. Chavez had said that using Twitter, the Internet and text messaging to criticise his regime was “terrorism”.

He has now decided to use the social networking tool for his own purposes.

“Comandante Chavez is going to open his Twitter account soon to wage the battle online. I'm sure he'll break records for numbers of followers,” Diosdado Cabello, Director of Venezuela's state-run telecommunications agency, was quoted as saying on Venezuelan television.

U.S. President Barack Obama has 3.8 million followers on the social networking tool. — PTI

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