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Venezuela's Chavez Sends His First Tweet

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is starting to use Twitter to counter his opponents online. Chavez, who often talks for hours, is now forced to sum up thoughts in 140 characters or less.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

No world leader can touch Hugo Chavez when it comes to epic speeches, so you have to wonder what will he do with 140 characters. The Venezuelan president urged his countrymen to follow his brand-new Twitter account, starting this morning. As he put it, I will let loose. Chavez has talked of tightening control over social media, heavily used by the opposition. Presumably he's now thinking, If you can't beat them, tweet them.

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