Sheikh Mohammed signs up to Twitter

Dubai's ruler has 1,140 followers on social networking site, has posted 20 updates so far.

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By  Andy Sambidge Published  July 12, 2009

Following his popularity on the social networking website, Facebook, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, ruler of Dubai, has signed up to Twitter, it was reported on Monday.

He has been “tweeting” under the name HHShkMohd over the past month, but the profile was only officially verified by the website last week as genuine.

Sheikh Mohammed has 1,140 followers and has made 20 updates so far.

The website’s administrators verify a famous user’s identity only upon having contacted the person directly, UAE daily The National reported.

Sheikh Mohammed’s “tweets” include details of horse races he has attended and updates on decisions on school term dates, the paper said.

“Attended Newmarket racecourse in England & watched UAE horse, Fryvolous, take the honours in the Abu Dhabi Race for Purebred Arabians”, the paper said he wrote, in his first message after the account was verified.

He was prompted to set up a public page on Facebook after being inundated with friend requests, it was reported last week.

The public profile page option allows celebrities, businesses and community groups to promote themselves on the world’s most popular social networking site. Businesses are not allowed to use the page for commercial purposes.

Sheikh Mohammad set up his Facebook profile at the end of June and has uploaded three photo albums, including family pictures, the paper reported.

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