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Canterbury: See of Twitter

Canterbury: See of Twitter

Ekklesia notes that the newly seleted Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby uses Twitter and other social media and will be the first tweeting ABC:

For the first time in history, the announcement of who would succeed

to the See of Canterbury was seen first on twitter (via the @Number10press office), before the formal Downing Street and Lambeth announcements of the archbishop elect.

Now Bishop Justin Welby, who will be enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March 2013, has announced that he will continue to make use of the popular social media site – though he spoke knowingly of its dangers.

Before “the announcement” he had 2,500 twitter followers. Now he’s approaching 6,000 and growing. It’s going well so far, then.

His first tweet after a silence probably necessitated by the impending news of his elevation was on the afternoon of that historic day, 9 November.

With the wryness that seems to be one of the characteristics of the man, he wrote: “Just heard of protest call to Lambeth at appointment of a woman as ABC. Am spelt Justin, not Justine. No agenda, just a matter of fact.”

Follow the archbishop-to-be on twitter


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Abp Justin will possibly need to change his Twitter handle. Quite a task to move all his followers as well…

Sergio Laurenti

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