Pope Benedict made his much-anticipated debut on Twitter this week, apparently in the hope that thousands of years of scripture can be parsed into 140-character nuggets of wisdom.
Nifty factoid: the Pope has an iPad.
Even before he sent a single tweet, the Pope had nearly a million followers. That inaugural tweet, sent in eight different languages on eight different accounts, was this: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”
Unlike the vast majority of Twitter missives, the Pope’s tweet was cordial, heartfelt and unmarred by spelling mistakes. As of today, he has posted seven tweets — all well written and imbued with the kind of spiritual know-how that only a pope can deliver.
But most Twitter accounts similarly start out well, then quickly devolve into narcissistic, barely literate drivel. Time will tell if the Pope will keep his tweeting standards high. We doubt it.
Given the typical fate of most Twitter accounts, here’s how we see the Pope’s unfolding. #PardonTheBlasphemy