David Cameron Becomes 4th G8 Leader to Join Twitter

David Cameron, the British prime minister, became the fourth Group of 8 world leader to join Twitter

Last Updated: October 6, 2012 @ 8:14 PM

David Cameron, the British prime minister, joined Twitter Saturday, making him the sixth world leader in the Group of 8 industrialized nations to sign on to the social network.

Getty ImagesThe Tory leader sent his first tweet at 5:55 p.m. London time, and in five hours had more than 62,000 followers.

"I'm starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader," he, or an aide posing as him, wrote. "I promise there won't be 'too many tweets…'"

Though an official account for the prime minister's office, with 2.1 million followers, already bore his likeness, Cameron now joins President Barack Obama, French President François Hollande and Canadian Premier Stephen Harper as G8 leaders with personal accounts on the network.

The G8 is comprised of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia and Canada.

But like the existing account for Number 10 Downing Street, Japan and Russia have accounts that tweet robotic press release headlines for their nations' highest offices.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda gives English speakers a sampling of pictures of the premier meeting with officials from Liechtenstein and videos of press conferences. Another account, @YoshihikoNoda, is an automated aggregator of any stories mentioning Noda.

Russian President (and internet-beloved-bad-ass-in-chief) Vladimir Putin, whose profile picture is a pixilated golden eagle, has a President of Russia account that tweets out "Official Kremlin News."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel remains Twitter-less, along with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, however the so-called queen of the European Union's leading parody account has been attracting thousands of followers.