Kobe Bryant Finally Joins Twitter

Michael RiosCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2013

After years of avoiding the popular social networking site, Kobe Bryant finally gave in and decided it was time to join Twitter. 

In a message to his Facebook fans, Bryant simply stated, "Twitter up (@kobebryant)."

This is not Bryant's first appearance on Twitter. In 2011, Bryant created an account for a few hours, but shortly deactivated it. In just a few hours, he managed to attract 35,000 followers. 

This time around, Bryant's new account garnered over 100,000 followers in just over an hour. 

A week ago, Bryant took over Nike's Twitter account in what some felt was an attempt to promote his own account. Apparently, the promotion stunt worked. 

The account's profile picture features a bird similar to the Twitter logo, with the noticeable difference being a snake-like forked tongue coming out of its beak. Bryant's first tweet: "The antisocial has become social #mambatweets."