Councilmember Marion Barry Twags on Twitter

75-year-old appears on social media

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011  |  Updated 11:33 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Councilmember Marion Barry Twags on Twitter

advertisement

The 75-year-old D.C. councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry has seemingly stepped into the Twittersphere.

The account @marionbarryjr went active this week, and is already piling up followers.

The Ward 8 politician told the Washington Post's Mike Debonis that he was typing up the account's 140 word updates himself, not tweeting via proxy.  Sample tweet: "Good morning DC! Had a great workout at the gym. Working out is not as easy as it used to be - but it's fun and healthy."

When asked if it really was the former mayor, @marionbarryjr answered in the affirmative on Tuesday, and then added, "Correction: I twag: i.e., tweets with swag."

The number of people following @marionbarryjr leapt to 1,172 on Wednesday morning, up from a few hundred early Tuesday.

There's still a little way to go to catch @mayorvincegray, who has over 5000 followers.  But @marionbarryjr's well ahead of @Vincent_Gray, a fake account for the "Mayor of Washington D.C. and 300-year-old Vampire," who only has 101 followers.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Join the Ride to Conquer Cancer
Join the Ride To Conquer Cancer, Sept. 13 Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out