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Steve Ballmer Reveals Secret Twitter Account

Recently Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed what most of us already knew: he has a secret Twitter account. The revelation arrived while speaking in Kiev, Ukraine after a member of the audience asked when he planned to start tweeting.

"I have a Twitter account," he answered. "I'm just very private about who I really am on Twitter."

To prove his point, Ballmer whipped out his Windows Phone 7 device and updated Twitter with "I love kpi," his third entry since the account was activated over a year ago.

KPI stands for Kiev Polytechnic Institute, the site where he made his speech.

"All right," Ballmer confirmed after putting away the device. "I love KPI. Now you know how to find me on Twitter."

He then seemingly realized that the entry may cause some confusion back home in the States. "I should have written Kiev Polytechnic because most people in the U.S. will think KPI means I love key performance indicators," he added. "But you know the truth. Steve B. Microsoft up on Twitter."

Sure enough, @stevebmicrosoft shows the "I love kpi" entry dated for November 5, however the account hasn't been verified.

The first tweet dates back to April 2009 and reads "Russia here we go," pointing to Ballmer's tour of Russia and Poland between April 20 and April 24 2009. The second tweet didn't take place until Ballmer went to the Ukraine to give his speech last week, and the last one summarizes the day's events.

Currently the account has 3,082 followers and is climbing steadily as news of Ballmer's presence on Twitter circulates. Ballmer is only following four people as of this writing, and doesn't include Bill Gates.

  • juncture
    Wow, the most pointless information ever that I don't think anybody would care about put into this article that could fit in a short paragraph. I shouldn't of clicked here or commented but I did and point being this article sucks!
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  • mister g
    Being Steve I can't wait until someone breaks in and starts typing rants about the next version of Windows (or something about about the other Steve), point being we probably woouldn't tell the difference because this would be something we expect!
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  • beayn
    junctureWow, the most pointless information ever that I don't think anybody would care about put into this article that could fit in a short paragraph. I shouldn't of clicked here or commented but I did and point being this article sucks!
    You obviously haven't read most of the Apple related articles on this site. Kittens playing with ipads are among the most important. The most recent one being "iPhone App Sends PMSing Ladies Dessert Coupons". Another recent one: "The iPad Stand for Karaoke Junkies". It's a mic stand with an extra clamp....

    A CEO of a major Software company being on Twitter has far more tech relevance than those articles.
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  • Flameout
    this brings the total people i follow on twitter to -1
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  • tpi2007
    Steve Ballmer is so efficient that he doesn't need to tweet much. With just one tweet he made two statments.

    Of course he loves "key performance indicators" He's the CEO of Microsoft!
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  • soundping
    Ballmer's secret name "Microrogaine"
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  • dEAne
    When you twit you only hear little sounds seldom people will notice.
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  • juncture
    beaynA CEO of a major Software company being on Twitter has far more tech relevance than those articles.
    Who cares if it has more relevance to tech. I could argue those articles you mentioned are more entertaining than this article and since they at least mention something to do with tech should belong on Tom's website more. But it's missing the point, THE SUCKY ARTICLES STILL SUCK!

    I don't want Toms to take this too hard because there are many many articles I do enjoy and it's why I'm here.
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  • I completely agree, juncture. I don't use Tom's Hardware to read about Steve Balmer's Twitter account. This is a completely irrelevant article in relation to the purpose of Tom's Hardware. This kind of garbage belongs on CNET or something.
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