Bill Clinton Officially Joins Twitter

Get ready for 140 characters of Twiplomacy

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Marco Grob for TIME

The group of five living U.S. presidents–dubbed The World’s Most Exclusive Club–has now been superceded by the group of two living U.S. presidents who have verified public Twitter accounts. Joining @BarackObama@billclinton (all lower-case) sent out his first message into the Twitterverse just 2 days ago. And he already has half a million followers.

Earlier this month, comedian Stephen Colbert had Clinton on his show for the first time and took the liberty of thumbing Clinton’s first-ever tweet under the handle, @PrezBillyJeff, which Colbert had created for the former President (it’s now set to private).

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With 5 tweets and counting (though no Vine yet), the former President already seems like he’s got a pretty good handle on how to use the social media service:

Name-dropping fellow tweeters (who he probably knows in real life–unlike the rest of us):

Inserting a #hashtag:

Adding a picture:

Besides following Colbert, his feed includes his daughter, @ChelseaClinton, his various policy institutions like the Clinton Global Initiative and young leaders network @CGIU, and @HealthierGen, co-founded by Clinton to combat childhood obesity.

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