3 December: His account is up and running: @Pontifex
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There will be a press conference in Rome on Monday to reveal more details about what His Holiness of our Lord is going to be doing (read: what some others will be doing for him).
Were I still in the press corps there I would ask: “How often will the Holy Father be tweeting? How much does he intend to compose the tweets himself? Will he write them long hand and then have someone do it for him? Will they be simultaneously in other languages? What details did you have to work out with Twitter before this could happen?”
I am pretty sure Pope Benedict doesn’t use a smart phone. Didn’t someone give him an iPad? I think Vatican Radio gave him an iPod.
I have other questions.
Pope Benedict has sent one tweet already, for the launch of the site news.va. The new venture will be from his own, official account.
I suspect the Pope won’t be tweeting in Latin, though that would be great. Maybe his first Tweet? But it would have to followed by the same text in the usual languages. Babel redivivus. Latin is denser, however. Something to consider. Latin for “tweet, v.” should be something like pipio or titio, and “tweet, n.” pipiatum or titiatum, and Twitter pipiatio or titiatio. I prefer the “p” line of thought, to the “t” here. I had a post and a poll on this, by the way, HERE.
Here is the POLL again.
One can only speculate about what handle he will use.
I will add, finally, that I don’t think Popes should tweet. There, I said it. Yes, I know about social media and the New Evangelization. They didn’t ask me my opinion. So, if it is going to happen, I might as well embrace it.
Choose your best answer and give your reasons in the combox. You don’t have to be registered to vote, but you do have to have an approved registration to post.