Apple’s Scott Forstall Gets All Twittery

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Apple senior vice president of iPhone Software, Scott Forstall, has joined the Twitter bandwagon and already has over 15,000 followers even though he hasn’t posted a single tweet. Twitter has tagged his account as verified, which means it’s the real deal and not a joke account set up to lampoon Mr. Forstall or Apple.

Assuming Mr. Forstall uses the account to talk about the iPhone and other Apple-related topics, it will mark a surprising departure from the company’s usual tight-lipped policy.

Considering Apple’s recent headaches over iPhone 4 antenna issues, the company may be planning on Mr. Forstall’s account to share information with customers and the media in a more casual way — much like terse email responses CEO Steve Jobs has been giving to customer questions.

[Thanks to TechCrunch for the heads up.]

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I suspect that Mr. Forstall’s tweets, when they do come, will be well considered and vetted by Apple’s PR and Legal departments, because the statements of a SR VP are considered the statements of Apple Inc., at least as they pertain to Apple and its affairs.


And, of course, Apple does need to get ahead of and start controlling the public debate on the iPhone 4’s reception controversy.


So I went. No Tweets but he was up to 22,000+ followers. And he’s following 1! Who? Conan O’Brien, whose last tweet was

I found a huge design flaw in my new iPhone. People get angry when I talk on it during a funeral.

Pretty darned funny!

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