By Don Southerton, Korea Expert Witness Editor and Chief Blogger
Yes, I’m a huge fan of Twitter (my user name is donsoutherton). The ability to share thoughts, impressions, and news in but a few words can have a huge impact as we have recently seen in Iran. Turning to South Korea, Korea media notes:
Nobody ever accused President Lee Myung-bak of being Internet savvy. But fresh after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, who of course has a reputation for Web hipness, the South Korean leader seems reluctant to come off as crusty.
In a speech at George Washington University after receiving a honorary doctorate from the school, Lee said he is considering subscribing to Twitter (www.twitter.com), a micro-blogging service that is the latest global craze on the Web. Obama became the planet’s most famous Twitter user during the U.S. elections, using his “tweets” to remind Americans to vote.
Lee commented that new developments such as Twitter are changing the way people communicate, and said he is considering becoming the newest member of the Twitter community.
But he also joked that the 140-word limit on Twitter updates is “too short for the President” to express his thoughts and will ask the company to give him an extra 60 words.
“So when I do join, I will ask the people at Twitter if they can extend it to 200 words just for me,” Lee said.