VATICAN CITY — Twitter: Meet Pope Francis, the new @Pontifex of the Catholic Church.
Francis is a pope of many firsts — first Jesuit pope, first pope from the Americas, and now first pope elected in the age of Vatican social media. While Francis has no papal Facebook, he took to Twitter to make it official: “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM!”
Wednesday’s papal election marked the first time that the world used social media to follow a papal election. According to the social-media analytics firm Topsy, tweets about the Pope reached 15 billion views — more than twice the world’s total population.