Twelve-Twenty pm on May 2 will go down in history as the time Warren Buffett—or WaBu, as we like to call him—officially hit the 21st century.
That's when the notoriously tech-phobic Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO finally expressed himself in 140 characters, with a pithy Tweet: "Warren is in the House." (If you want to see for yourself—along with some 300,000 of his new followers—go to @WarrenBuffett.)
The Twittersphere couldn't roll out the red carpet for the 82-year-old Oracle of Omaha fast enough.
Bill Clinton: "@WarrenBuffett Welcome to @Twitter. What took you so long?"
Bill Gates: "Welcome to Twitter @WarrenBuffett. First ever Twitter bridge tourney starts now. I bid 3 Hearts. http://ow.ly/i/21tlH"
Rainn Wilson: "@WarrenBuffett You should sell all your stocks just to see what happens"
Fortune even captured the momentous event on video.
Buffett, for his part, seemed amused by all the hoopla. When asked the significance of his joining Twitter, he replied, "It means my family can no longer say I'm lodged back in the 19th century."
As our own celebration of Buffett's new era, we decided to translate some of his most eloquent words into Tweets, just so he doesn't have to. (Ok, so we ran over the 140-character limit on a few, but who's counting?)
|WB: "Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don't have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it's true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy."|
Tweet: "Hiring? Look for integrity, intelligence, energy. If no integrity, make sure they're dumb and lazy. #Don'tbeastupidboss"
|1. WB: "Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."|
Tweet: "Plan ahead. #AntandGrasshopper"
|WB: "If you're in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent."|
Tweet: "Yo, rich people! The world doesn't revolve around you. #lovethyneighbor #solipsism"
|WB: "I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life."|
Tweet: "Read. Think. Mull. #livesimply"
|WB: "If you've been playing poker for half an hour and you still don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy."|
Tweet: "There's always one in a crowd. Not sure who? Look in the mirror. #Denial"
|WB: "It's nice to have a lot of money, but you know, you don't want to keep it around forever. I prefer buying things. Otherwise, it's a little like saving sex for your old age."|
Tweet: "Shop smart, have sex. #Lifeisshort"
|WB: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently."|
Tweet: "Think before you tweet."