President Hu Jintao became a registered microblogger on a Chinese-language site owned by People's Daily.
It carried a profile that said: General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
The identity of the micro blog account holder on t.people. com.cn was confirmed by the website's receptionist service system Sunday as belonging to the president of China.
By 6 pm Sunday, more than 7,000 people were followers of the account @Hujintao in Chinese characters, which is similar to the Twitter blog.
Updates of the account will be delivered to followers via a browsing page, using Windows Messenger services or the Google G-talks.
On the blog, which was unveiled by People's Daily on February 1, more than 500 bloggers posted comments to Hu's account.
A blogger named Shao Mingbo wrote, "I will keep awake tonight to see who can be the first lucky follower of the account."
An hour later, a blogger named "feiquanmingqin" was hailed as the first follower of President Hu's microblog.
The person wrote, "Calm down, calm down, in response to other blogger's congratulations."
Some bloggers even took the chance to send New Year wishes to Hu.
Blogger "dothink" wrote, "I wish President Hu a happy New Year."
A blogger named Jiubai wrote, "I come here to follow President Hu."
On June 20, 2008, President Hu talked to Net users via the People's Daily online forum, the first time that China's top leaders have conducted direct online communications with Web users.
Some users described Hu as "our netizen friend Hu Jintao."