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Bill Clinton joins Twitter (for real this time)

Having been cajoled to within an inch of his sanity by Stephen Colbert to join Twitter, President Bill Clinton does it for himself.

Now that's marketing.
Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I can only hope he was influenced more by Stephen Colbert than by Anthony Weiner.

Whichever it was, Bill Clinton is now officially on Twitter. As himself.

Within what seemed like minutes of his arrival, he garnered more than 198,000 followers, all of whom, no doubt, will be hanging on his every syllable.

You may recall that the president was inveigled recently by Colbert to joining Twitter against his own volition. Colbert even opened the @PrezBillyJeff account without the president's apparent knowledge or approval.

Former President Clinton freely admitted to Colbert he was worried about tweeting and getting no replies. Politicians, stunningly, have fragile egos.

But how he will now suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Republicans. How he will have to tolerate everything from rage at his presidency to rage at his rather persuasive speech last year that, some feel, delivered more presidency to Barack Obama.

Will he be able to cope with the bile and invective? Will he tweet himself or have some unassuming lackey offer his thoughts?

Thus far, he has transposed the tweet that he composed for Colbert and added two more -- very much introductory affairs.

He has chosen only to follow two humans: Colbert and Chelsea Clinton.

Oddly, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn't yet a twitterer. It can surely be only a matter of time.

For his part, Colbert welcomed the new arrival with his customary generosity: "I taught @billclinton to tweet! This is almost as exciting as the time I taught Cheney "Dance Dance Revolution."

And the revolution was greeted warmly. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET