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Reaching 400K followers on @CBCNews

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The @CBCNews Twitter account reached 400,000 followers today, so we're celebrating by sending our thanks to each and every one of you, and by looking back at our nearly seven years on Twitter. 

Posts on the main CBC News Twitter account started in May 2007, well before anyone at the CBC knew anything about it. 

See, @CBCNews was set up, not by CBC News, but by a fan. 

In 2007, Matt Forsythe was an illustrator in Montreal who was also the social media manager at the National Film Board of Canada. While he was working on the Twitter presence for one Canadian institution, he set up one for another. "I did it out of love!" he said. 

Forsythe agreed to turn over the account to us in January 2009, and we set up many more accounts, like @CBCSask and @CBCTechSci, around the same time. 

Now, @CBCNews has 400,000 followers, and Forsythe lives in L.A., where he's the lead designer on the Cartoon Network's Adventure Time. Funny how things work out.  

The first few tweets from @CBCNews in 2007, naturally, reflect the news of the day, including the report from the inquiry into the death of aboriginal protester Dudley George at Ipperwash Provincial Park in Ontario. 


There was also the news of the death of a Canadian Forces photographer in Afghanistan. 


The tweets, clearly, were posted by computer and, while we still have tweets posted automatically, we now make a point of posting links to our stories with photos and of retweeting our reporters who post breaking news. 

Thanks for helping us reach this milestone. 

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