Sharapova’s first tweet earns laughs, 45,000 followers

Updated 15 January 2013
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Sharapova’s first tweet earns laughs, 45,000 followers

MELBOURNE: Russian starlet Maria Sharapova has made her long-awaited debut on Twitter at the Australian Open — with a veiled plug for her new range of sweets. The four-time Grand Slam-winner, who recently released her “Sugarpova” line, tweeted from Melbourne: “Your ultimate sugarmama has arrived,” with a photo of her pretending to blow bubbles.
Sharapova’s belated entry on Twitter, much used by fellow stars such as Serena Williams, has been well received with nearly 45,000 followers already getting the solitary tweet. Her new product range is not to everyone’s taste, with child psychologists saying she should be promoting a healthy lifestyle rather than sugary foods.
Britain’s Andy Murray has also been a hit on social media at the Australian Open, with a spoof movie poster of him posing as “Crocodile Dunblane,” a take-off of Australian hit “Crocodile Dundee,” doing the rounds on Twitter.


‘Selfie Saad’ Hariri launches app to share selfies with followers

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‘Selfie Saad’ Hariri launches app to share selfies with followers

DUBAI: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has launched a selfie application that allows users to share their selfies with him online.
In a tweet that’s been liked more than 500 times, Hariri said “download the application to share the selfies that brought us together.”
Hariri has become known for his selfies, posing for several with the likes of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Morocco’s King Mohammed IV, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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Hariri doesn’t only pose with world leaders, but also citizens and fans from across the country.
Many have replied to his tweet and Instagram post supporting the application and calling for more pictures with him.
“The best selfie with you Mr. Prime Minister, God willing!” one user posted.
Others replied with selfies they took with Hariri.
The launch of the applications comes at a peak time, a little over a week before the Lebanese parliamentary elections are set to kick off for the first time in nine years.

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Hariri is a candidate running with the Saudi-backed Future Movement in the Beirut 2 district, competing with eight other lists including Hezbollah and a civil society group.
The Lebanese prime minister is not the only leader who is known for his social media presence.
US President Donald Trump is notorious for his barrage of tweets that he sends on a daily basis, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has amassed the largest Twitter following for any world leader, at 97 million.