Hugo Chavez to Rant in 140 Characters or Less

After typing and publishing a blog post on here, I immediately go to Twitter so I can truncate the post and link to it from the social networking site. I see it as a convenience. I see Twitter like the first sentence of a book. You only get people to read on if you’ve given them a great hook.

Which means I have officially set myself up as the diametric opposite of John Mayer. For anyone who cares about this d-bag, Mayer says he cancelled his Twitter account because he believes “it’s pretty much done. I just think Twitter as a form of communication, I think it’s over to be honest with you.”

I don’t see the point of sharing all sorts of useless information, but then again, mankind has been sharing useless information for a long time now. This is the price we pay in exchange for pieces of interest like Iranian protestors tweeting updates last year during their nationwide revolution or Venezuelans on Twitter calling for the removal of President Hugo Chavez.

Oh, and speaking of Chavez

Hugo Chavez is starting to use Twitter to counter his opponents online, forcing a president who often talks for hours to sum up each thought in 140 characters or less.

Chavez urged Venezuelans to watch his newly created account — chavezcandanga — after midnight Tuesday, saying “at that point is when I let loose.”

To put this into terms you can easily understand, imagine Karl Marx on Twitter. Now imagine Karl Marx spoke Spanish.

Before Chavez even tweeted, he amassed over 18,000 followers. And then… the big man speaks.

Now if, like me, you don’t know what that says, because you forgot everything you learned in high school Spanish, here’s a translation, as provided by the Associated Press:

Hey how’s it going? I appeared like I said I would: at midnight. I’m off to Brazil. And very happy to work for Venezuela. We will be victorious!

There are several things I would like to call to your attention. First, for Chavez to start off a Tweet with a colloquialism. He’s basically asking his peeps what’s up. Word.

Second, look again at the screen grab. See how it says he sent that from UberTwitter? Well, according to the website, they only service BlackBerry phones. So a logical inference we can make here is that Hugo Chavez has a BlackBerry.

Third, Chavez isn’t just interested in what HE thinks, he’s interested in what five other people think. Specifically, two people and three groups.

This is who Hugo Chavez is following on Twitter:

  • Reflexiones de Fidel (reflexionfidel)- Literally translates to “reflections of Fidel,” as in Castro. The link provided is to the website CubaDebate.
  • Correo del Orinoco (correoorinoco)- A prominent left-wing newspaper in Venezuela.
  • Tareck El Aissami (TareckPSUV)- Member of the Venezuelan legislature. The link provided is to the official website for the PSUV, the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party of Venezuela).
  • Diosdado Cabello (dcabellor)- His title provided on the Twitter page translates to “People’s Power Minister for Public Works and Housing.”
  • PSUV (partidoPSUV)- The official Twitter account of the PSUV.

And finally, recall that on our Snowpocalypse Skype episode, Douglas and I discussed how Chavez was angry at the people attacking him on Twitter and compared Twitter users to terrorists. So what does this make Chavez? A freedom fighter?

[Public Works Minister Diosdado] Cabello said Monday that Chavez’s supporters plan to “take over by assault” social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

“The opposition thinks it owns the social networking sites. They think Twitter and Facebook belong to them,” Cabello was quoted as saying by the state news agency in a story it put out Tuesday.

“We’re fighting and there are 7 million of us who will have Twitter,” he said, referring to members of Chavez’s party.

He said Chavez’s Twitter feed would be messages “from our commander.”

Yeah, that sounds about right.

UPDATE: Chavez has asked Fidel Castro to join Twitter. Oh, good. Just what we need. More washed-up celebrities online.