The majority of his audience may not know what “The Twitter” is, but “Nightly News” host Brian Williams has finally joined the social messaging service.
Hi @bwilliams! Welcome to @twitter! Looking forward to following you (don't worry, I'm not a stalker) Your pal, Katie
Williams – whose account has been verified — already has more than 2,000 followers, and this despite sending out a single tweet. (He’s following just one Twitter account: the official “NBC Nightly News” Twitter feed.)
He joins a handful of celebrities — Steve Martin, Kanye West and 50 Cent — to hop on Twitter in the last couple weeks. (John Mayer, the serially self-aware singer-songwriter, deactivated his account last week, leaving his 3,000,000-plus followers to seek him out on Tumblr.)
But Williams, a frequent blogger, had long scoffed at the idea of Twitter.
“The details of my own life bore me,” he told Broadcasting & Cable late last year, “so I cannot imagine anyone expressing interest in them. …And I'm not in that big a hurry. There is nothing I need to say so urgently. If I feel the need for Twitter, if I think it will satisfy something and fill a national yearning, I'll start doing it.”
And while Williams may be a late adopter, he’s not last holdout among his evening news colleagues. Diane Sawyer, ABC “World News” host, does not personally tweet.