The world’s been all a-twitter about Twitter for some time now. But it’s taken Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri till this last week to get with the plan.
For six days now, writes Annie Slemrod of the Lebanon Daily Star, Hariri has been treating his followers (all 19,000 of them) to regular, chatty updates on goings-on in Beirut’s corridors of power.
What’s more, says Lebanese blogger Mustapha Hamoui, Hariri and his team “got the opportunity to connect directly with the people and listen to opinions different than those of their yes-men.”
Slemrod’s piece is not slow to point out that this could be construed, were one so cynically-minded, as a rather tardy attempt to leverage one of the greatest drivers of the Arab Spring.
But for those who wonder whether this endeavor will last any longer than your average political publicity stunt? Well, who could resist the cuddly Tweet with which Hariri signed off for the weekend this Thursday evening…
“…have a great evening and i love you all . Sorry if I didn’t answer all questions.”
I guess we’ll find out whether politico-tweeting has a future when those who were disappointed come back next week to press for an answer. And more to the point, whether the answer (140 characters or fewer) was worth the wait.