Apple chief executive Tim Cook joined Twitter on Friday, as huge crowds formed around the world to buy up the California giant’s two new iPhones.

In his first tweet, Mr. Cook described his visit to customers waiting for iPhones near the company’s headquarters.

“Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing so many happy customers reminds us of why we do what we do,’’ he wrote.

The account, featuring a photographic portrait of Mr. Cook against a black background, bore the one-to-many microblogging service’s standard blue check mark meaning it has been officially confirmed by Twitter.

Mr. Cook identified himself as ‘CEO Apple’ and a “Fan of Auburn football and Duke basketball’’ from Cupertino, California.

And he snapped up a huge following very quickly.

Within just hours of joining the service, Mr. Cook had already scored more than 92,000 followers.

And the company also launched the Twitter account @iTunes this week as it unveiled iOS 7, the operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. — AFP