Paris: In a perfect New Year greeting, the Taj Mahal and the Statue of Liberty warmly greeted the Eiffel Tower as the 126-year-old monument joined the micro-blogging site Twitter for the first time.
When a 126-year-old woman took to twitter for the first time this week, the Taj Mahal and the Statue of Liberty were so impressed that they sent her tweets to congratulate her.
But this was no ordinary old lady it was the Eiffel tower the world’s most visited monument taking its first steps on the wildly popular microblogging site.
“Parisian since 1889, now I am sparkling on Twitter!” said one of the first tweets, in both English and French , on the official account of the 1,063 ft-high tower nicknamed La Grande Dame by its Creator.
The tower that each year attracts more than seven million visitors from across the globe, already has around 1.7 million fans on its Facebook account but until this week had kept away from Twitter.
Its arrival there this week, under the username @LaTourEiffel, was quickly hailed by direct tweets from the official accounts of other world-renowned monuments.
“Welcome to twitter, my sister,” said the Statue of Liberty, the giant statue on an island off New York, which was designed by a French sculptor and built by Eiffel before being shipped off to the United States as a gift from the people of France in the late 19th century.
The Taj Mahal, the giant Indian mausoleum widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, joined New York’s Empire State Building in welcoming the tall Paris tower to the world of microblogging.
The administrators of the Eiffel Tower said they had decided to open the Twitter account to provide “news about the Tower, historical facts as well as practical information.”
By Monday, its Twitter account had 18,300 followers. That leaves it with quite a distance to go before it will be able to rival the popularity of the Louvre, which currently has 653,000 Twitter fans, or the Pompidou art centre with its 566,000 followers.