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Hugo Chavez - First Venezuela, Then the World...of Twitter

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hugo-chavez-in-uniformSometimes the task of managing all of your social media tasks can be daunting and overwhelming.  But how many of you out there would consider hiring a small army to manage them?  And by small army, I don’t mean one, two or even three people to help you out. Nope, I am talking in the hundreds, over 200 to be exact. Seem a little overboard? For Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, doing such a thing seemed like the perfectly logical move.  

Chavez, who only recently joined the likes of Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, is ordering followers to use their social-networking sites to fight opposition views.  "The opposition thinks it owns the social networking sites. They think Twitter and Facebook belong to them," said Diosdado Cabello, head of the state-run telecommunications regulator. Chavez has been struggling with low approval ratings, and with an upcoming September election, he is looking to the Internet to gain momentum.
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Chavez's verified account is here. As of this morning, he had 265,263 followers and is on 8,507 lists. Chavez himself is following a whopping six people. Not surprising, one of those is an account tied to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who happens to be Chavez's mentor.