First-time tweets from big-time CEOs

Twitter may be the communication method of choice for US President Donald Trump, but not every powerful business leader has embraced the social media platform with quite the same gusto.

Take Lloyd Blankfein, for instance. The CEO of Goldman Sachs joined Twitter back in 2011. It only took him six years to post his very first tweet and, ironically, it was in response to Trump pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord on June 1.

Blankfein tweeted:

“Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world #ParisAgreement.”

I can’t wait to see what will spark tweet two from the head of one of the world’s largest banks.

CEOs’ first tweets

You must admit it’s pretty cool when you have 1.28 million Twitter followers and only nine tweets, but that’s the case for the Oracle of Omaha. Warren Buffett joined Twitter in April 2013, and his first tweet was true to his quirky sense of humor: “Warren is in the house,” the then 83-year-old proclaimed.

And you can imagine how excited we were at Yahoo Finance when one of Buffett’s handful of tweets mentioned us!

“Join me on Saturday at 10a ET for the first ever #BRKLiveStream on @YahooFinance”

Perhaps not surprisingly, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not a big tweeter. He’s posted just five tweets since October 2010, all on the first day he opened his Twitter account. Still, he has 161,000 followers. Naturally, Zuckerberg’s very first tweet promoted his own social media platform:

“Hello Twitter-Land, as well as tweeting on twitter, Don’t forget to Friend Up with your friends on Facebook !!”

Apple’s Tim Cook boasts 4.94 million Twitter followers and has tweeted 375 times since joining the platform in 2013. His first tweet was also predictably self-serving:

“Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing so many happy customers reminds us of why we do what we do.”

Donald Trump joined Twitter in March 2009 and quickly became addicted to the social media platform. He has tweeted 35 thousand times and boasts 31.2 million followers.

Since becoming the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, Trump has posted about 200 tweets. He has apparently adopted Twitter as his direct mouthpiece to the public.

Refreshingly, Trump’s very first tweet was not political at all and referred to himself in the third person:

“Be sure to tune in and watch Donald Trump on Late Night with David Letterman as he presents the Top Ten List tonight!”

When Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey was asked how he feels about Trump’s passion for his platform, he famously responded, “It’s complicated.”