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Attention media nerds: Famed Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward has joined Twitter.

Woodward, who along with Carl Bernstein rose to prominence for reporting on the Watergate scandal, first tweeted around 12:30 p.m., with a 2010 video starring (you guessed it!) himself:

(“Home screen?” he asks, after a staffer tells him about the Post’s iPad app. He gets up from his typewriter and rushes to the office of late Executive Editor Ben Bradlee: “Help. I don’t understand.”)

So far, the household-name reporter has more than 4,000 followers, and is following a measly 40-plus accounts (including us…Thanks, Bob!). His handle, perhaps taking a cue from Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump), is @realBobWoodward. The account mostly features retweets, although this exchange with (not real) Richard M. Nixon had City Desk and others chuckling.

Woodward had previously disparaged social media for its limitations. “If you are spending the time tweeting, you aren’t spending that time reporting,” Woodward said at a UT Austin event last year, according to the Daily Texan. “Reporting is something where you have to develop relationships and trust with human beings, and you have to talk to people.”

At other times, he’s seemed less harsh. “All the blogs and Twitter and Facebook are all part of a conversation and a discussion, and by and large I think it’s good and it’s healthy,” he said during a visit to the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit journalism school based in Florida, in 2011. “People will sort out the information they’re going to use and need. But I’m not sure that being connected every minute is a good thing.”

Woodward already has a verified Facebook account managed by his assistants, which today shared a quote and video from the Dead Poets Society. That account has more than 66,000 followers.

“I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.” In that spirit, Bob Woodward is joining Twitter. You can find and follow him at @realbobwoodward.

Posted by Bob Woodward on Thursday, September 17, 2015

Those fan numbers may come in handy next month, when Woodward’s newest book, The Last of the President’s Men—on one of Nixon’s leaky aides—comes out. You can even get it on eBook.

Update 7:50 p.m.: City Desk has received comment from Woodward, who explains in an email: “My assistant, Evelyn Duffy, 30, convinced me [joining Twitter] would take very little time. She is right. Also she, and others, urged me to join the 21st century. But, yes, I have a new book coming out and that was part of the timing decision. “

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