80-year-old Murdoch sends his first tweet

OLD and new media were brought together over the new year as Rupert Murdoch, the 80-year old behind News International, joined Twitter.

Murdoch, who has already amassed over 66,000 followers, used the social networking tool to wish everyone well for the year ahead, tweeting [all tweets verbatim]: “Happy 2012. May itbe better than all experts predict. Has to be! Must change everything to create jobs for all, especiallyyoung.”

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey welcomed Murdoch by tweeting, “With his own voice, in his own way, @RupertMurdoch is now on Twitter,” and by suggesting the tycoon simplify his company this year. Murdoch responded with his own resolutions, “to maintain humility and always curiosity. And of course diet!”

He was followed into the twittersphere by his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, who opened her own verified account on 1 January.

Yesterday she had attracted a comparatively paltry 6,000 followers.

"Good to see Santorum surging in Iowa. Regardless of policies, all debates showed principles, consistency and humility like no other."

Rupert Murdoch used his new Twitter feed to weigh in on today’s Iowa caucus