Bill Clinton joined Twitter with the help of Stephen Colbert, who signed the former president up for the social media service during an interview that aired on Monday’s “The Colbert Report.”
The interview took place at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., over the weekend, as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Associated Press reported.
At the event, Colbert told Clinton, “I took the liberty of opening you a Twitter account.”
Colbert said that “President Clinton” and “William Jefferson Clinton” were taken as user names, so Colbert settled on “PrezBillyJeff” as the former President’s new Twitter handle.
So far, Clinton has not Tweeted anything from his account other than the account's first message, which was written by Colbert.
In the interview, Colbert asked, “Would you like to break in to the 21st century, right now, and send your first Tweet?”
Clinton laughed throughout the interview but agreed to send out a Tweet with Colbert's help.
Just spent amazing time with Colbert! Is he sane? He is cool! #cgiu
— Billy Jeff Clinton (@PrezBillyJeff) April 6, 2013
PrezBillyJeff’s bio reads, “I am President William Jefferson Billy Jeff Rodham Clinton. Stephen Colbert is my BFF. The Clinton Globe.” Clinton’s account is only following one person, Colbert.
The historic first message sent by Clinton may also be his last. While PrezBillyJeff has already amassed more than 57,000 followers, Clinton may not continue to use the account. Clinton discussed his aversion to using Twitter but said he does use Facebook.
In the interview, Clinton describes the importance of social media, especially in regard to the last election, which led Colbert to question how he used the Internet. Clinton noted that when he was elected President, in 1992, there were no email systems like Gmail or Yahoo Mail, and most email was relegated to intra-office networks.
Clinton said he was worried that messages might not get responses or that he would not get a lot of followers on Twitter.
“There’s nothing worse than a friendless tweeter, right?" Clinton said. "You’re just wandering around in cyberspace.”
You can watch Bill Clinton’s interview with Stephen Colbert below.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.