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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos now has his first tweet under his belt. (Credit: Twitter)
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos now has his first tweet under his belt. (Credit: Twitter)

The flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship on an uncrewed trip to space and back may be history-making, but here’s a first that’s almost as big for social media: Jeff Bezos’ maiden tweet.

As everyone surely knows by now, Bezos is the billionaire founder of Amazon, America’s biggest online retailer, as well as the Blue Origin rocket venture. He’s had his Twitter account since 2008 but never used it until today. As of 5:30 a.m. PT, he had more than 5,000 followers. That number is sure to grow as the day goes on. (The count passed the 23,000 mark by 10:30 a.m. PT.)

Among the followers hailing Bezos’ arrival in the Twitterverse: venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.

https://twitter.com/pmarca/status/669140233716236288

Bezos and Blue Origin also made a splash on the morning TV news shows:

One of Bezos’ biggest rivals in the space game is SpaceX’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, who weighed in with an artful series of tweets that started out praising Blue Origin’s test flight but ended up downplaying it.

Leave it to Elon Musk to work a rocket-science lesson into 140-character bites. Does this presage a tweet-off between space billionaires? Stay tuned.

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