Atwitter about a new famous tweeter. Monica Lewinsky got the Internet abuzz on Monday, Oct. 20, when she finally joined Twitter.
The famed former White House intern, now 41, created a new, quickly verified, account on the social media platform, tweeting under the name Monica Lewinsky and the handle @MonicaLewinsky. Already boasting tens of thousands of followers, Lewinsky wrote her first messages on Monday morning.
She introduced herself to Twitter by first simply writing, "#HereWeGo." She followed up a little later, plugging an appearance she is making by tweeting, "excited (and nervous) to speak to #Under30Summit."
The star of the infamous political scandal with former President Bill Clinton is a part of Forbes' Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia this week. She spoke publicly for the first time in 13 years for a segment entitled "Monica Lewinsky and the Internet's Reputation Shredder," later scheduled to lead as a team captain for the conference's Under 30 Quizzo Tournament.
"I was Patient Zero," Lewinsky said in her speech, addressing a packed crowd at the summit. "The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet… Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too. I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past."
Despite her negative experience with the Internet in the past, Lewinsky is now willingly taking part in the use of Twitter. She describes herself in her bio as a "social activist. public speaker. contributor to vanity fair. knitter of things without sleeves."
At the moment, her former flame Bill Clinton is following 10 accounts, while his wife and rumored presidential candidate Hillary Clinton keeps up with nine — neither politicians' list includes Lewinsky.