The socialist Venezuelan leader has amassed over 300,000 followers within two weeks of joining, and encourages citizens to engage.

At the passage of new currency standards last week in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez went straight to his soapbox: @chavezcandanga.

(The name roughly translates to “Chavez, Devil” in case you were wondering.)

At first denouncing the service as a “tool of terrorism,” Chavez has gained more than 300,000 followers and even hired a staff of 200 to help him craft messaging and reply to Tweets.

Much like other political figures, Chavez uses Twitter to announce government initiatives and bill passages and tout new achievements, but he also uses the service as a mass mobilization tool.

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