Bill Clinton (officially) joins Twitter, gets shout out from Bill Gates and Colbert

clinton-twitterFormer president Bill Clinton has joined Twitter — and this time the ex-commander-in-chief is doing so without the help of comedian Stephen Colbert.

You may recall that Colbert helped Clinton send his first Tweet on air a few months ago under the unofficial account @PrezBillyJeff.

“What if you tweet and nobody tweets back?” Clinton said on the Colbert show earlier this month. “There’s nothing worse than a friendless tweeter, right? You’re just wandering around in cyberspace.”

But Clinton is now embracing Twitter, and the 42nd president already more than 280,000 followers @BillClinton.

One of those fans is Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates who welcomed the 42nd president to Twitter with this message:

Meanwhile, here is what Colbert — one of the eight Twitter handles that Clinton is following — had to say about Clinton’s arrival on the social network.

Here was Colbert discussing Twitter, politics and more with Clinton earlier this month: