Warren Buffett finally joins Twitter

Philanthropist gains 1,000 followers per minute

POSTED: 01:27 PM PDT May 03, 2013    UPDATED: 08:00 AM PDT May 03, 2013 
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The notoriously technology-shy Warren Buffett finally joined Twitter today.

The billionaire philanthropist's first tweet, "Warren is in the house," was sent via his new account, @WarrenBuffett.

Within just 45 minutes, the 82-year-old Buffett picked up more than 45,000 followers. After 5 hours, he already had 174,633 followers. A few hours after his first tweet, he also tweeted about his "new essay on why women are key to America’s prosperity."

His initial tweet was quickly retweeted 25,399 times.