August 12th, 2009
05:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Bloomberg: Como se dice 'first tweet'?

NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg sent out his first Twitter message in both English and Spanish.

NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg sent out his first Twitter message in both English and Spanish.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who built a communications empire by fusing technology and journalism, entered the Twittersphere Tuesday when he sent out his first micro-blog message. And he did it with a twist.

Bloomberg, who is seeking a third term in November, sent out a note that was written in English and Spanish.  @MikeBloomberg wrote: "Good morning! Trying this out during my spanish lesson. Como se dice 'first tweet'?"

News quickly spread around that the mayor's first tweet was partly in Spanish, but it is not the first time a language other than English has been used to convey a message by a politician on Twitter. For example, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a Twitter account that only tweets his news in Spanish. And the White House not only tweets in English and Spanish, but has also sent out a message in Farsi.

Twitter does not maintain data on how many Hispanics use the social networking or how many people tweet in Spanish. Yukari Matsuzawa, who heads Twitter's International team, did tell CNN via e-mail, "It is very exciting though that Mayor Bloomberg is tweeting in Spanish! We hope to encourage more international tweets."

Filed under: Michael Bloomberg • Newt Gingrich • Social Networking • Twitter
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Wow, this is SOOOOO exciting.

    Here I was getting all bogged down in financial crises, health care, global warming, Obama breaking promises again, terrorism, dead parts of the ocean.

    Silly me.

    August 12, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. dreamer

    ME NO WANA HABLA SPANISH.keep it american and keep our jobs and vote out this clown or fire his butt.You politicians forget we americans are the one who votes in this country or buy you america.down with mexico and latin america.

    August 12, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    I'm sure this was a totally off the cuff remark. No strategy or ulterior motives here. No sir. He does stuff like this all the time. Yep, he's mister spontaneous.

    August 12, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. fun idea

    I like hearing he is taking spanish, that seems like a good example for kids

    August 12, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Brock

    Good to see a Caucasian Yankee that can speak Spanish – hopefully.

    August 12, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. News Critic

    Persian?!? You mean Farci? No wonder the U.S. lags behind everyone else in education. We need to be speaking 4 or 5 languages before we get left in the dust.

    August 12, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Hasn't Sarah Palin (the word salad queen) already proven that any "twit can tweet" regardless of language or ability to deliver a statement in understandable English?

    August 12, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    Last I checked, this was an English-speaking nation. If you want Balkanization of the US, then go right ahead and promote Spanish and Arabic...

    August 12, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Moe,Larry and Curly

    TCM can be the new Shemp with twitter.He uses at least a hundred names on the same blog.haha

    August 12, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |