Twitter Verifies Chavez’s Account (But What’s With The Funky Name?)

Filed as News on April 30, 2010 4:07 am

After announcing plans to join the Twitterverse, it looks like Hugo Chavez has finally settled upon a Twitter name, although unfortunately for him he was unable to secure the coveted @hugochavez (despite its current inactive status).

So what has the “glorious” Venezuelan president picked as his personal username? Answer: @ChavezCandanga.

According to SpanishD!ct, Candanga “means devil” which is odd as the Chavez use to refer to America’s former President by that term (at least on television that is).

Twitter has already verified Chavez’s account as legitimate (although ironically they have not done the same for Fidel Castro’s) and as of this post Chavez’s account is quickly approaching 115,000 followers.

Thus far it appears as if Chavez is tweeting from his personal Blackberry via ÜberTwitter (which is very unusual for a head of state), although hopefully one of his more tech savvy comrades can enlighten him about the “official” Twitter for Blackberry app (as well as his dictator friends).

(Image Credit: Presidency of the nation of Argentina, via Mashable)

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